Thursday, October 31, 2013

Are you a Black Friday NIGHT OWL or a EARLY BIRD?

Hi….I wanted to make sure to tell you upfront that  I receive compensation for mentioning this info in this post. With that being said rest assure that I only give honest opinions. The opinions are my own and always will be. Thanks for visiting.

Wanderful Media®, the company behind Find&Save®, announced the results of the 2013 Find&Save Black Friday Shopping Survey, including what drives Black Friday shoppers, how, when and why they shop, and their strategies for finding the best deals. The full report can be accessed here.
Understanding the Black Friday Shopper
A key objective of the Find&Save Black Friday Shopping Survey was to understand their motivations for Black Friday shopping.
  • While primarily motivated by the sales, Black Friday shoppers are also driven by the thrill of the competition to find a good deal and more likely to have a tradition built around Black Friday shopping.
  • Black Friday shoppers show little store brand loyalty and are typically lured by specific deals or items they find when planning their shopping trip. The kinds of deals that are most alluring are those offering a percentage discount.
  • They are also much more likely to complete the majority of their holiday shopping on Black Friday.
Night Owl vs. Early Bird Black Friday Shoppers
The Find&Save survey compared the results of two different types of Black Friday shoppers: the “Night Owls” – Black Friday shoppers leaving their house before 5:00 AM, and the “Early Birds” – Black Friday shoppers leaving their house after 5:00 AM. An infographic showing highlights of Night Owls vs. Early Birds can be accessed here.
  • The Night Owl shoppers are likely to get most of their holiday shopping completed – 63 percent typically complete more than half of their shopping on Black Friday, compared to 42 percent among the Early Bird shoppers leaving after 5 AM.
  • Overall, 53 percent of the Night Owls and 38 percent of the Early Birds said they “love it” when asked how they felt about Black Friday sales starting early on Thursday evening and extending through Sunday.
  • About 75 percent of Night Owls are shopping for electronics, compared to 60 percent of the Early Bird shoppers.
  • While both sets of shoppers are primarily interested in finding a great deal, 40 percent of the Night Owls said they enjoy the competition, vs. 24 percent of the Early Bird shoppers.

I am interested in how many of my readers are 
NIGHT OWL's and How many are EARLY BIRDS!
Please leave me a blog comment letting me know which one you are:
Night Owl
Early Bird
Not a Black Friday Shopper

I am a NIGHT OWL!  :)



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Green Tip of the Week


Did you know that cornstarch can remove stains from your countertop. 

 Make a cornstarch paste and rub into the stain.  Repeat if needed.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Barking Wednesday - Sore Paws

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post.  
Each week I post stuff about my favorite guy...Kingers and his friends.  
All kinds of stuff....products - homemade treat recipes - info I have learned over the years, etc.  Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life.


This past week Kingers and I did quite a bit of walking.  When we got home on day two, I noticed that his paws were sore.  I wanted share with you what I did to make his paws better.

I checked to make sure there was nothing sticking into his paws. Making sure to check between his toes.  I also checked to make sure that none of his nails were hurting him.  When I was sure that there were no foreign objects in his paws I washed his paws with goats milk soap, patted them dry and applied some natural moisturizer that I use on my face. He had no open sores..if he did I always apply triple antibiotic ointment and bandage them.

The next morning he was better. If he was not better then I would of needed to contact the vet. 
Happy Halloween!!
I wanted to share this pic of my niece and her favorite bogs!
Yoda and Tank!
Great Halloween Decorations!

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Make sure to check back each Wednesday for a new topic.  If you have a topic you would like discussed...please email me at deda.studios@yahoo.com
or
If you have a good home remedy for your dog please share.  I am always looking for helpful ways to make life easier and happier for my Kingers.
Please email me at deda.studios@yahoo.com with your dog home remedies.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween 2013

Halloween is a fun time.  Sunday was Trick n Treat in our friends neighborhood.  Check out Davey & Isa!
They are looking good!

Crock-Pot Italian Sausage served over Montebello Organic Pasta

Italian Sausage Crock-Pot Style

Super Easy and delicious!

10 Italian Sausage (you can make as many as you like - I made 2 pounds)
4 cut up green peppers
1 roasted red pepper
1 large sweet onion
2 cans of diced tomatoes (I used tomatoes seasoned with garlic and basil)
Italian Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Garlic

Add all ingredients to the crock-pot - turn on high for 8 - 10 hours.  Serve over Montebello Organic pasta.

Delicious easy meal!

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff Crock Pot

2 pounds cubed beef (I bought a small beef roast that was on sale and cut it up)

1 pack of sliced fresh mushrooms
8oz of Cream Cheese

Follow instructions on Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff Mix

Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.  I made Egg Dumpling Noodles...very tasty meal. Quick and Easy

 DELICIOUS!!!

Good Eatin' Recipe Hop ~ October 29th

 
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Glassie Monday ~ How is Window & Car Glass Made?



Each Monday I will be posting about Glass.  All different topics related to my favorite pass-time. 
This week I wanted to show you two videos that are excellent in explaining how they make window and car glass.  

Here they are.....please take a few minutes to check this out.






I often take window pane glass - break it - shape it then re-melt it to 1400 degrees and anneal it to form pieces of art. 
We use glass in so many ways in our daily life.
 It is hard to imagine what life would be like with NO glass!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Movie Review of R.I.P.D.



Last night we watched a cute movie.  We rented R.I.P.D.    Isa and I laughed and laughed.  A great family movie.  I give R.I.P.D 5 Stars.

The movie is very funny and makes you wonder could this be real.  There are so many negative people in the world maybe this is the reason.
Who knows..!  

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pumpkins ... Did you know?



Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, including:
  • Beta-carotene, the antioxidant that makes pumpkins orange.  Carotenoids are plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin to slow down the aging process and prevent wrinkles. Vitamin A, a powerful natural antioxidant vital for keeping your eyes, bones and teeth healthy. 
  • B Vitamins, a good source of folate and niacin which helps protect against certain birth defects.
  • Vitamins C, E, and K. Vitamins that support cell reproduction, tissue repair and fetal development; protect against osteoporosis; fight disease-causing free radicals in the body and even help your blood clot.
  • Essential minerals, like calcium, potassium , phosphorus and copper.

Did you know PUMPKINS are a great veggie to eat to help maintain a healthy weight. They are low cal.   One cup of puree has about 80 calories with no saturated fat or cholesterol. So eat up!  (No brainer, people: pumpkin dishes loaded with sugar, fat and tons of calories can make you fat.)
  • Packed with fiber, to keep you regular and in tip-top digestive shape.  Did you know fiber makes you feel fuller so you eat less.
  • A great substitute for oil in recipes. Use pumpkin puree in place of a portion of the oil in your favorite bread and muffin recipes to reduce calories and lower fat.

Pumpkin also boost your immune system, protecting you from a number of diseases.  Here are just some of the health benefits of pumpkin touted by researchers.
  • Fights cancer.  The National Cancer Institute believes a beta-carotene rich diet protects against certain cancers.  If you smoke (hmmmm), beta-cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid found in pumpkin, just may protect you from developing lung cancer.
  • Reduces inflammation which can lead to chronic health conditions like heart disease or Type 2 diabetes.  Cancer, too. 
  • Prevents blindness from age-related macular disease. 
  • Enhances your mood. The tryptophan in roasted pumpkin seeds promotes serotonin production to make you happy, happy, happy.
  • Reduces LDL or "bad" cholesterol. Pumpkin seeds have this affect, apparently.  Save some when you carve your pumpkin. Wash them, salt them and pop them in the oven… and then into your mouth.
I was totally amazed when I read this report from our local hospital dietitian  I think I am going to be eating more pumpkin. How about you?

Check out the Celebrate Fall Hop....Hop is packed with info about Fall, Fall Recipes and DIY Fall Projects.
Check out the many fun Fall post and if you have a fun Fall post ~~Add your post to the linky!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Witch's Salvation Giveaway Ends Nov 10th

This BOOKING FRIDAY I also have a Book Giveaway!
WIN a Signed COPY of
The Witch's Salvation
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This fantastic giveaway has been brought to you by 
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Ending on Sunday 10th November at 11.59pm EST

A witch who demands humanity.

The immortal families who denied her of it.

Two mortals commanded to right the wrong.

That is the fate of the urban princess Anasztasia and the renegade prince Matthias, born shockingly mortal to two immortal families. If they go back in time and restore the witch’s humanity, she will grant them immortality. She will also break a 550 year-old curse that imprisons Matthias’s family in their ancestral homeland and exiles Anasztasia’s family from it.

But to make their lives their own, the heirs must return to the most dangerous day in their families’ past, Easter Sunday, 1457. This is the day Vlad III, aka Dracula, massacred all nobles and their families involved in the death of his father and older brother. 

How can Anasztasia and Matthias reverse the past when their families will not speak of their wrongs? How can they refuse when the witch owns their lives?

The Witch’s Salvation is a time-travel fantasy weaved around myth, historical fact, and a whole lot of creative license.


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Booking Friday - Home Again by Kathleen Shoop


1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.

In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?


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About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Green Tip of the Week

Every Thursday I post a Green Tip of the Week. A natural way to care for your family. Cleaning products, beauty products, garden and yard care, and more.  Join me each Thursday to find one more way to remove chemicals from your life.

Vinegar has so many uses!


Natural fabric softener....add to your rinse cycle - about 1/4 cup per load

Mix Vinegar and water for a natural all purpose cleaner.  I use a recycled spray bottle.  Make sure to label the bottle.

Use Vinegar in your mop water!  Works great for cleaning and naturally disinfected your floors.

Vinegar makes a great natural toilet cleaner....sprinkle baking soda in your toilet...then pour in the vinegar. Poof foaming toilet cleaner.

Use vinegar on your hair for a natural hair conditioner.  Your hair will shine!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stone Wave - It Works

Yesterday while at Wal-Mart we got the neatest little pot.  My hubby had seen it on TV.

It is called Stone Wave.


It really works!



Here is a pic of my morning eggs.  I added organic liquid eggs, salt and pepper, cooked bacon and a slice of cheese.   Very tasty!

I also made a baked apple.  I peeled the apple corded it then placed 10 wedges in the Stone Wave then sprinkled with cinnamon.  Delicious...tasted perfect watching TV on a chilly fall night!
We bought our Stone Wave's at Wal-Mart! Yep, we each got one!
You can also click HERE to check out the great offer Stone Wave is offering on their website.
This is not a paid review and I was not given a Stone Wave to try.  I am writing this post because "The Stone Wave WORKS"
Very easy to use and quick!
I work at a local hospital and leave in the morning at 5am...the Stone Wave is perfect for me to make myself a good breakfast fast and easy.


Barking Wednesday - Dry Skin

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post.  
Each week I post stuff about my favorite guy...Kingers and his friends.  
All kinds of stuff....products - homemade treat recipes - info I have learned over the years, etc.  Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life.

Does your dog have dry itchy skin?  Try these home remedies to help relieve your dog's skin issues.

Chamomile Tea Spray
Make the tea - I use about 10 tea bags to about 5 cups of water.  Then I add tea mixture to 1 gallon of water.  I then place the gallon of water in the fridge.  I have a spray bottle
that I add the tea mixture and spray Kingers.  I keep the spray bottle in the fridge also.  Feels great on Kingers skin when ever he has skin issues.

Buy Vitamin E tables or Vitamin E in a bottle.  Rub a small amount on your dogs irritated area.  Works great to help cure skin irritation.

If you dog does NOT have a allergy to Oatmeal..you can make a Oatmeal paste to place on his skin.  Take Baby Oatmeal cereal add water to make a paste. Leave the paste on for about 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water.  Rinse well to make sure you remove all oatmeal.  Natural itch relief.

If you have a good home remedy for your dog please share.  I am always looking for helpful ways to make life easier and happier for my Kingers. Please email me at deda.studios@yahoo.com with your dog home remedies. 

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Make sure to check back each Wednesday for a new topic.  If you have a topic you would like discussed...please email me at deda.studios@yahoo.com


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Cupcakes


Halloween Cupcakes 


Super easy!
All you need is
1 Cake Mix
1 Container of frosting
Sprinkles
Gummy Worms
Chocolate Wafer Cookies
Make the cupcakes as directed on the cake box.
Pipe frosting on cupcakes then add sprinkles
To make Wormy Cakes...cut the gummy worm in half. Stick one half of the worm in the center of the cupcake.  Add frosting around the worm then sprinkle with chocolate wafer cookie crumbs.  The cookie crumbs look like dirt. 
Isa piped the cupcakes ~ Davey add the dirt and I put the worms in their holes.

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Dried Apples

 Check out my NESCO Dehydrator...I added 6 shelves. I have a total of 11 shelves..the dehydrator can hold 12 shelves. So easy to make dried apples.  

Clean apples, slice, dip in lemon juice and place on shelves.
Dehydrate for about 14 hours.



Good Eatin' Tuesday Recipe Hop October 22nd, 2013

 
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Dawn's Beef Pasta Soup

Dawn's Beef Pasta Soup
Pasta Fagioli in the Crockpot~ just like Olive Garden
2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped

2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
30 oz  beef broth
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce - Prego
8 ounces pasta

Directions:

Add everything to crock pot except pasta.
Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours. 

Add pasta the last 30 minutes.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Glassie Monday - Art Fairs

Hi...Thanks for joining me for Glassie Monday.   Each Monday I will be posting about Glass. Different kinds of topics all related to Glass.  

This week I wanted to talk about my Art Fairs where I sell my Recycled Glass Art.  I started doing art fairs in 2004.  Started at the Artisan & Farmers Market in Elkhart Lake.  I found right away that I love to craft art and enjoy sharing it with the world.  Since 2004 I have learned many things to do at art fairs and many many things not to do. 

Here is a list of a few Do's and Don't if you are thinking about joining the many artist that travel from town to town selling their art.

DO............................

  • Respect your neighbor - stay in your area and never have your items in fridge in their space.
  • As for how much items to bring to sell....I have learned over the years...you can NEVER be totally prepared for all customers....so please do not try.  After many years...I bring what I can and always explain to the customers where I will be next.  If the customer really wants a item..the customer will be willing to go out of their way for the item.  When I have a customer like that...I always add something free to the order.
  • Have money change - take CREDIT - I use SquareUp - A excellent charging system! I love it! No annual or monthly fees and only 2.75% charge per transaction. There are many companies that offer charging  service. My favorite is SquareUp
  • Outside fairs: Be prepared for any type of weather. WIND: needs weights to hold down your tent and also have a system to hold down your signs.  Make sure your display is wind ready.  Rain....have sides for your tent and be prepared to down size your selling space. In nice weather you can enjoy the whole area your are given, but in rain you need to be about a foot inside the tent.
  • Be careful when accepting SPECIAL ORDERS.....as a artist your opinion and the person requesting the special order may not be the same.  Be careful that you can meet their expectations and always ask for a $$$ down-payment.  When a customer gives you a down payment you know they are serious about the order.  Numerous times I have taken special orders with no down payment and they change their minds. 
  • Always bring your confirmation and fair information with you to the fair.
  • BE prepared to rearrange your booth at every fair.  No two fairs are the same. Being prepared will save you much grief and reduce your stress.
  • Make sure your items are marked. People expect to check prices.


    DON'T...................................

    • DO NOT OVER EXTEND yourself.  I have done this and so have many of my friends. Set a do-able schedule and stick to it.  This is so important....I personally took almost 6 months off from doing fairs..because I was totally burnt out
    • DO NOT judge yourself or your art by the customer you have at your booth.  Art is the opinion of the person that designs it.  You are a artist...stay true to yourself. 
    • Be on time for the fairs....never set-up late. This causes much drama for the artist that already are set up and were timely.
    • Never promise a customer something you can not deliver.
    I am sure with this holiday season just starting...I will be adding more and more things to this list. I will be making this topic a post once time a month during November, December and a wrap up in January.  This is a great time of year to work on a What to DO and What Not to DO LIst for Art Fairs. The holidays seem to bring out the crazy things!  
    Here are a couple pics from my fair yesterday:




    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Kindle Fire HD & EBook Collection Giveaway Sign - UP!!!!!

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    Kickstarter with Little Pim


    Hi - I wanted to share this great cause with my readers. Little Pim is a company dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.  Learning is the key to making positive in our world.  
    Some of you know Little Pim.  They're a foreign language learning company that introduces children between the ages of 0 and 5 to a foreign language using DVDs, music CDs, flashcards, and books.


    As the holidays approach, Little Pim is hosting a Kickstarter to raise funds and create a holiday e-book that will take Little Pim the panda on a journey around the world.  Little Pim will travel, learn new languages, and sample yummy holiday treats in Mexico, China, France, and Brazil.

    It's a great way to introduce your little one to the joys of travel, adventure, language learning, and cultural holiday traditions.
    Little Pim wants you to be involved.  In hosting a Kickstarter campaign, Little Pim doesn't get to keep any of the money donated unless their full goal is raised.  With every donation, you receive a reward.

    Rewards range from your name in the Thank You section of the book ($1), to your own e-book ($10), a panda plush ($25), Little Pim product ($100), your child's photo featured in the back of the book ($300), and your child being drawn into the book as a character ($1,000)!
    Definitely consider donating to a holiday e-book adventure that is sure to become a family holiday tradition.

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Booking Friday ~ Not for Profit by Glenn Shepard, MD

     

    A prominent surgeon accused of murder and terrorism ...

    A corrupt healthcare administrator hell-bent on bloody revenge...

    A mysterious seductress whose secrets could free the doctor and kill thousands ...

    A terrorist cell with missiles aimed at a leading hospital in America’s Bible Belt ...

    Not for Profit takes you on an action-packed thrill ride that will have you questioning suspects, motives, and outcomes until the very last page.

    Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Scott James is charged with murder after two bodies are found at his surgery center. Just weeks before the start of his capital murder trial, Dr. James is approached by a beautiful woman claiming she can help him gain information that would prove his innocence.

    As James hunts down the evidence that might free him, he faces a barrage of threats to his life and liberty—and makes one chilling discovery after another: Corporate corruption. A conspiracy to frame him for murder and for terrorist acts. A secret drone-control operation that takes out targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The true identity and intent of his beautiful ally. And a plot to blow up the local hospital and surrounding community.

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

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