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Monday, December 19, 2011

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY BLOG HOP, DEC, 19/11

Good morning and welcome to another Motivational Monday Blog Hop! I hop you all enjoyed a great weekend. I had a very busy weekend wrapping Christmas gifts, decorating the tree, and making home made gifts from the heart. I am very much looking forward to Christmas this year. The kids will be all home Christmas eve and Christmas day. I get to watch my little 21 month old grandson Broly open his gifts, it's going to be so cute.

PLEASE NOTE* THERE WILL BE NO Motivational Monday Blog Hop again until the New Year.  We will start up again January, 09 2012. Until then, please have a Blessed Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!

Now on the the hop:




"Monday Motivational Blog Hop!" 
Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY BLOG HOP, DEC, 12/11

Good morning and welcome to another Motivational Monday Blog Hop! I hop you all enjoyed a great weekend. Well, let's get this hop going and enjoy a great day!





"Monday Motivational Blog Hop!" 
 
Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY BLOG HOP, DEC, 05/11

Good morning and welcome to another Motivational Monday Blog Hop! I hop you all enjoyed a great weekend. Well, let's get this hop going and enjoy a great day!





"Monday Motivational Blog Hop!" 
 
Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well.
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Motivational Monday Blog Hop, November 28/11

Good morning and welcome to another Motivational Monday Blog Hop! I hop you all enjoyed a great weekend. I got a lot of Christmas shopping done, which is a huge relief. It was so much fun shopping for my little grandchildren. I had to stop myself, there is so much cute stuff I wanted to buy them. 

Well, let's get this hop going and enjoy a great day!





"Monday Motivational Blog Hop!" 
 
Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well.
Click Here to continue...............

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE BY WATCHING THIS VIDEO!

If you could save a life, would you? I know I would. I have had my First Aid CPR training, but this is new to me. It is Continuous Chest Compression CPR. It is for someone that is in Cardiac Arrest (Heart Attack).

Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. Up to 45,000 cardiac arrests occur each year in Canada. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.


Be a lifesaver; not a bystander. Learn Continuous Chest Compression CPR from Gordon A. Ewy, MD, and Karl Kern, MD, the physician researchers who developed this new approach to CPR.

Be a Lifesaver with Continuous Chest Compression CPR
If you see someone collapse who isn’t responsive and has trouble breathing:
1.     Tell someone to call 911 or make the call yourself.
2.     Position the person with the back on the floor. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest (between the nipples) and the heel of the other hand on top of the first. Lock your elbows, position your shoulders over your hands and use your upper-body weight to “fall” downward. Lift your hands slightly each time to allow the chest wall to recoil. Try to compress at 100 beats per minute and about 2 inches deep until emergency help arrives.
Note: Mouth-to-mouth CPR still is recommended for drowning and very small children. 
Facts about cardiac arrest
Did you know...
  • Overall, the rates of survival from cardiac arrest are almost four times greater with CPR.
  • In some parts of Canada, the number of bystanders who know how to perform CPR is very low.
  • 35 to 55% of cardiac arrests are witnessed by a bystander — usually a family member or friend.
  • Less than 5% of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive, largely because CPR is not performed at all or not started soon enough.
  • Cardiac arrest survival rates increase when bystanders follow the first three links in the Chain of Survival™:
    • phoning 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
    • performing CPR right away.
    • providing defibrillation as soon as possible.
  • CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
  • Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more bystanders knew and performed CPR, more people would reach the hospital alive and more lives could be saved.
  • Brain death starts to occur within 4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if CPR and defibrillation do not occur during that time.
  • If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 to 10% for every minute that passes without CPR.
  • Defibrillation using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be performed within minutes of a cardiac arrest. An AED is less likely to return the heart to a normal rhythm if CPR has not been performed prior to applying the AED. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.  
 So now know that you can help a Cardiac Arrest Victim.

 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Report Reveals Hidden Chemicals in Common Household Cleaners

Report Reveals Hidden Chemicals in Common Household Cleaners

11-18-2011

Women’s Voices for the Earth

New independent lab testing on 20 top household cleaning products reveals that top-selling cleaning products and detergents, including Tide Free & Gentle, Pine-Sol and Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, contain toxic chemicals not revealed to the consumer. The results show that cleaning products commonly contain hidden chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and pregnancy complications. The tests were commissioned by the national nonprofit Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE).
This report, Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products?, came the same day Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) introduced the Cleaning Product Right-to-Know Act—national legislation to change the lax regulations around the disclosure of cleaning product chemical ingredients. Currently, cleaning products are not required to list ingredients on the label, so unlike personal care products and food, there is no way for consumers to know the full list of ingredients in cleaners.
“Our cabinets are full of soaps and cleaners that we assume improve our homes and health. However, new research shines a light on the secret chemicals that might be doing more harm than good. You have a right to know what’s hiding in your household products. That’s why I’m introducing legislation to require full disclosure of the ingredients in everyday cleaning products,” said Rep. Israel.
WVE commissioned tests of 20 cleaning products including laundry detergents, dryer sheets, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays and furniture polishes manufactured by Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson and Son and Sunshine Makers (Simple Green), at an independent laboratory. The test results revealed:
  • Tide Free & Gentle detergent, a fragrance and dye-free product marketed to people with sensitive skin and mothers of infants, was found to contain 1,4-dioxane, a probable human carcinogen
  • Simple Green Naturals was found to contain phthalates, a chemical associated with reproductive disorders and birth defects
  • Allergens were found in products marketed as “fragrance-free”
  • Hidden reproductive toxins and carcinogens such as phthalates, toluene, 1,4-dioxane and chloroform
  • None of these chemicals were listed on the product label
“We’d like to see consumers have the freedom to make informed choices in the store, to protect their families from toxic chemicals,” said WVE director of science and research and report author Alexandra Scranton. “The system we have now is broken—it’s unnecessary for these risky chemicals to be used in products we use every day. Companies need to phase out these harmful chemicals, and we need a policy that standardizes labeling guidelines for cleaning products, so companies can’t keep these toxic chemicals a secret.”
More than 80,000 chemicals are on the market today, but nearly 20 percent of them are kept secret, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Consumers have been uncertain about the safety of chemicals in cleaners, even in products marketed as “green.” There has been a decline in the sale of cleaning products nationally, environmental and health concerns being one of the contributing factors. Some consumers are favoring homemade cleaners using vinegar and baking soda, for safety and cost reasons.
“I’ve heard complaints from hundreds of people who said that air fresheners and other fragranced household products made them sick—causing headaches, breathing difficulties, seizures, asthma attacks and other health problems,” says Dr. Anne Steinemann, professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs at the University of Washington. “This report does a tremendous service by revealing the hazardous chemicals that can be hidden in cleaning products, so that consumers can know to avoid fragrances and other chemicals that are linked to serious health problems.”
WVE’s 2007 report Household Hazards found that Latina women are particularly at risk for overexposure to toxic chemicals through cleaners. Nationally, more than one-third of domestic cleaners are Latina women. “Latino families want to protect their families from toxic chemicals, but that’s really difficult when ingredients are kept secret, and companies like P&G are aggressively marketing to Latino consumers,” says Lorena Garcia, executive director of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). “We will be working to educate Latina women specifically about the hazards and risks associated with using these kinds of products.”
WVE has engaged the five major companies investigated in this report in an effort to encourage full disclosure of chemical ingredients and removal of toxic chemicals in cleaning products. WVE has been one of the lead advocacy groups calling on Congress to strengthen ingredient disclosure requirements for cleaning products. The Cleaning Product Right-to-Know Act of 2011 will require companies to list all of the product ingredients directly on the label and will create a uniform system for labeling.
To download the report, click here.
For the fact sheet with the table of products tested and results, click here.
For more information, click here.

So glad I don't use these products!

Motivational Monday Blog Hop, November 21/11

Hello and good morning everyone, sorry this is late! I'll keep the link open longer. Between babysitting my grandson, working my business, caring for my family and my university course (which I completed this weekend), I am getting behind on my blogging. Hopefully now that my course is over, I'll get caught up.
 
Let's get this hop going! Enjoy a great day!




"Monday Motivational Blog Hop!" 
 
Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Motivational Monday Blog Hop, November 14/11

Hello everyone, sorry this is late! I'll keep the link open longer. 

Welcome to the Motivational Monday Blog Hop! Enjoy a great day!






"Monday Motivational Blog Hop!" 
 
Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Some great life lessons!

 Here are some videos you should watch. Please enjoy them and learn from them. I really hope you take the lessons from them and apply it to your life. You are worth it!

What Oprah Knows for Sure About Getting What You Want



Oprah knows for sure that you don't always become what you want, and most times in life, you don't get what you want. Watch Oprah explain how no matter what obstacles get in your way, a little bit of faith - sometimes as small as a mustard seed - can get you through.

Oprah on Believing in Yourself



Oprah says many people are held back from becoming who they were meant to be by shadow beliefs and feelings of unworthiness. Watch as she encourages you to find your true purpose in the world.

Life Is Like A Cup of Coffee - Inspirational Video Movie 


This video combines beautiful pictures, inspiring music, and a touching story to help empower people to live more fully.

" To be successful, you must love and believe in what you do! You must have belief in yourself! Anything is possible with belief!"
Written in 2011 by Jennifer McLennan --- Canada
I truly think if you don't have belief in what you are doing and in yourself, there is no chance in success. But if you do have the belief, all things are possible!


Have a great day! 
 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Find Stillness to Cure the Illness

I read this in my November's News Letter that my chiropractor sends me. I really liked it and checked out the author and though I should share it.


Find stillness to cure the illness

“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu
 Author  Leo Babauta
It’s a busy day, and you’re inundated by non-stop emails, text messages, phone calls, instant message requests, notifications, interruptions of all kinds.
The noise of the world is a dull roar that pervades every second of your life. It’s a rush of activity, a drain on your energy, a pull on your attention, until you no longer have the energy to pay attention or take action.
It’s an illness, this noise, this rush. It can literally make us sick. We become stressed, depressed, fat, burnt out, slain by the slings and arrows of technology.
The cure is simple: it’s stillness.

Pause

Take a minute out of your busy day to do this little exercise: pause in the middle of all you have to do, all that’s going on around you. Close your eyes, and sit still. Breathe in, and breathe out, and pay attention to your breath as it comes in and goes out. Just sit still, for about a minute.
This stillness might seem like inaction, which we’re taught is a bad thing. It’s lazy, it’s passive, it’s against our Puritan work ethic. And yet, this simple inaction can change our world.
Stillness calms us. It gives us a small oasis of quiet that allows us to hear our thoughts, that allows us to catch our breath, that gives us room to breathe at all. It is the antibody to the stress and rush we feel daily.
“Activity conquers cold, but stillness conquers heat.” ~Lao Tzu

The Strength of Stillness

Stillness has a calming effect on the world around us as well. By becoming still, we cause others to pause, to pay attention. Our quiet also quiets others. We set the mood for those who work and otherwise interact with us.
When we rush and set a frenetic pace, it stresses others and inspires them to rush frenetically too. Stillness has the opposite effect. It slows the world down, allows us to focus, gives us time for contemplation, for what matters most.
It takes strength to be still when others rush. It takes courage to be different, to go against the stream. But while others might think us weird at first, that’s OK. Sometimes it’s the weird ones that make the most difference. And soon, as our stillness inspires others to find stillness of their own, we won’t be the weird ones — we’ll be the ones with wisdom.
It takes strength to find stillness when the world around us is a chaos of activity, but it’s a strength that’s in us, and we need only to find it. Paradoxically, it’s stillness that will allow us to find that strength. Be still, look within, and it’ll be there.

Finding Stillness

It’s pretty simple, really, and you don’t need me to tell you to do this: to find stillness, you just need to take the time to sit still, every day that you can.
Find a time in the morning, when the world is still fairly quiet, to sit still. Don’t do anything, don’t plan your day, don’t check email, don’t eat. Just sit, and learn to be comfortable being still.
In practice, we’ll gradually find that comfort, and we’ll become good at it. If mornings are no good, find time during your lunch break, or after work, or just before you go to bed.
Find a place to be still. It can be a chair in your house, or a front porch, or the roof. It can be a park bench, or the beach, or a path in the woods. Let this be a ritual that you come to look forward to.
From this small place of stillness, calm will carry to the rest of your day, radiating like a soothing force. You’ll be calmer throughout the day, and learn to find little pockets of stillness everywhere: when you first start your workday, when you are ready to sit down and create, when you’re about to eat, when you are ready to exercise, during a meeting, even.
Practice, regularly. Practice, and learn. Practice stillness, and the stillness becomes a canvas upon which you can paint the masterpiece of your life.
“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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New E-book: The Zen Habits Handbook for Life! by Leo Babauta

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Author Bio


Leo Babauta is the author of The Power of Less and the creator and blogger at Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog (according to TIME magazine) with 200,000 subscribers — one of the top productivity and simplicity blogs on the Internet.
Babauta is considered by many to be one of the leading experts on productivity and simplicity, and has also written the top-selling productivity e-book in history: Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System. It has sold thousands of copies and has reached tens of thousands of readers.
Babauta is a former journalist and freelance writer of 18 years, a husband and father of six children, and lives on the island of Guam where he leads a very simple life.
He started Zen Habits to chronicle and share what he’s learned in his life transformation that started in 2005. In two years, he changed a number of habits through the effective habit-change techniques he shares in The Power of Less:
  • Quit smoking (on Nov. 18, 2005)
  • Became a runner.
  • Ran several marathons and triathlons.
  • Began waking early.
  • Became organized and productive.
  • Began eating healthy
  • Became a vegetarian
  • Tripled his income.
  • Wrote a novel and a non-fiction book.
  • Eliminated his debt.
  • Simplified his life.
  • Lost weight (50 pounds).
  • Wrote two best-selling ebooks.
  • Started a successful Top 100 blog.
  • Started a second blog for writers and bloggers.
  • Started a successful ebook publishing company.
Find Leo elsewhere:
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I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. I am now following Leo, as I know he can add value to my life.

Make everyday a Great Day!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Motivational Monday Blog Hop, Nov 07/11

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Motivational Monday Blog Hop! Enjoy a great day!





"Monday Motivational Blog Hop!" 
 
Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time Change Alert! Don't Forget Daylight Savings Time Ends!

Tomorrow is the day sleep lovers wait for all year — the end of daylight saving time means a one-hour rollback on the clocks at 2:00 a.m and a precious extra hour of slumber.

Daylight Saving Time in Canada

In most of Canada Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the second Sunday in March. On the first Sunday in November areas on Daylight Saving Time return to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. local time. During Daylight Saving Time turn your clocks ahead one hour. At the end of Daylight Saving Time turn your clocks back one hour. 

Time zone names and abbreviations in Canada change during Daylight Saving Time. Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and so forth with each time zone.

In 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador proclaimed an amendment to the Standard Time Act which puts their observance of Daylight Saving Time in line with the rest of Canada effective November 6, 2011. Previously, Newfoundland and Labrador began and ended Daylight Saving Time one minute after midnight (12:01 a.m.) local time.

Some areas of Canada not using Daylight Saving Time include, Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Taylor and Dawson Creek in British Columbia, Creston in the East Kootenays, and most of Saskatchewan (except Denare Beach and Creighton).

Previously, Canada had observed Daylight Saving Time from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October. However, through legislation passed in 2006, Daylight Saving Time now begins three weeks earlier on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

This change in Daylight Saving Time kept Canada's Daylight Saving Time pattern consistent with the United States which enacted into law a broad energy bill that extended Daylight Saving Time in the same manner.

Canada Daylight Saving Time Start and End Dates

Year DST Begins at 2 a.m. DST Ends at 2 a.m.
2009 March 08 November 1
2010 March 14 November 7
2011 March 13 November 6
2012 March 11 November 4
2013 March 10 November 3
2014 March 09 November 2

 Make everyday a great day!

 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Something everyone in business should know!

When you are in business, especially internet business, you must have the Top 3 Social Sites:

#1. Facebook
#2 Twitter
#3 Google+ (Google+ has replaced Buzz(which was a flop) but it going to be big, you know Google will keep upgrading it)

If you do any pay-per-click advertising (which can be expensive) Bing will give you better quality leads, but Google will give you more leads. Better to have quality then quantity if your paying for it.

 Late Breaking News !!!!!!!!
 
Search and Social........ more conversion!!!!!!
What does this mean? It means what ever you put out in the web can be searched! a status, comment, anything! So be wary of what you say or do on the web. Something people should be doing anyways. Once it's on the web it's out there for ever!


As for business people this is great for SEO!

Here a a couple articles of interest:
http://m.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_now_indexing_facebook_comments.php

http://searchengineland.com/google-raises-local-search-stakes-with-new-places-serp-99627

I hope you find this interesting and helps you in anyway!



 
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Hump Day! (Wednesday) Some Quotes to get your through the rest of the week!

Hello everyone it's Wednesday, so that means Hump day. Here are 12 quotes to think about and get through the rest of the week:

Happy Hump Day Everyone!  

Hump Day 
 
  1. Enjoy life and cherish it. Remember the good times, the bad times, and worse times, because each one has made you a better person and has made you grow.
  2. Between what happened and what will happen is our choice. So choose to be positive in everyday tasks.
  3. Never regret, if it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
  4. As people we tend to worry about the things that don’t matter and forget about the things that do. Enjoy your life to the fullest because you never know when it’s going to end. So smile more, love more and enjoy more. Dueling on things just ruins your life. Being mad or upset with others for things they have done is just a waste of your energy. You can’t change the past or the mistakes. You can only change your future.
  5. You're never too old to follow your dreams whatever they may be.
  6. Love what you do, do what you love. (I do, it can change your life)
  7. What a wonderful feeling to be alive. To be able to see the sun shinning and to be able to make something positive happen for us, our family, our community and/or our friends.
  8. The more obstacles you overcome, the stronger you become.
  9. With hope and hard work anything can be achieved. Don't be afraid with results, it will come with the whole process of commitment and persistence.
  10. What you think upon... grows! You'll attract more of what you focus upon.. positive or negative.. It's your choice. Focus on what you have and what's right, not on what you don't have and what's wrong... And say thank you for what you have as often as possible.. it will change your life!
  11. To have a long lasting relationship with anybody; always look out for their strengths and less at their weakness. 
  12. Once you count your blessing, you will lack nothing. Be motivated at all times to do the wonderful things in life.
Tip Of The Day: 
Make Wednesday a wonderful day and not a hump day! Do an act of kindness.  Now consider, how does this make you feel?  Can you imagine the difference if everyone did even one act of kindness each and every Wednesday?


Hump Day Pictures, Comments, Images, Graphics

Make everyday a great day!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Halloween!








Here are some interesting facts about Halloween:

The history of Halloween:
http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/history.htm

The history of the Jack-o-lantern:

http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/jack_o_lantern.htm


The history of Halloween Witches:

http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/witches.htm


The history of Trick or Treating:

http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/trick_or_treat.htm
I hope all you're little trick-or-treater's have a wonderful time! I know I am looking forward to my grandson Broly dressing up and going out on Halloween.


Broly last Halloween "Superbaby"

Motivational Monday Blog Hop, October 31/11

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. This weekend was a very busy one, I was doing homework and studying for an exam in the University course I'm taking along with being a mom, and caring for my grandson while my daughter was at work. Thankfully my husband was a great help, so I could get some work done.
 
  Time to get this hop going............




"Monday Motivational Blog Hop!" 
 
Everyone can use a little Motivation, especially on a Monday. So get on the Motivational Monday Blog Hop and share some Motivation with others. Plus it a great way to get new followers to your blog and to find some great blogs out there as well.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Some Halloween Poems

Here is some Halloween poems. I remember saying these with my children when they were little. I hope you enjoy!


Five Little Pumpkin Sitting On A Gate

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said,
"Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said,
"But we don't care."
The third one said,
"I see witches in the air."
The fourth one said,
"Let's run, and run, and run."
The fifth one said,
"Get ready for some fun."
Then whoosh went the wind,
and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Spooks
- by Sandra Liatsos

There's a goblin at my window,
A monster by my door.
The pumpkin at my table
Keeps on smiling more and more.
There's a ghost who haunts my bedroom,
A witch whose face is green.
They used to be my family,
Till they dressed for Halloween.

Walk Into My Parlor
- by Mary Howitt

"Will you walk into my parlor?"
said the spider to the fly;
"Tis the prettiest little parlor that you ever did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you are there."
"Oh no, no!" said the little fly,
"to ask me is in vain;
For who goes up your winding stair
can never come down again."

Halloween
- by Mary Jane Carr

Witches flying past on broomsticks,
Black cats leaping here and there,
White-robed spooks on every corner,
Mournful moaning in the air,

Goblins peering out of windows,
Spirit-things that rap and run-
But don't be scared-it's just October,
Having one last hour of fun!

Haunted House
- by Jack Prelutsky

There's a house upon the hilltop
We will not go inside
For that is where the witches live,
Where ghosts and goblins hide.

Tonight they have their party,
All the lights are burning bright,
But oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.

The demons there are whirling
And the spirits swirl about.
They sing their songs to Halloween.
"Come join the fun," they shout.

But we do not want to go there
So we run with all our might
And oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.
The Scariest Thing
- by Mairi Tereas Gallagher

Some things are scary 
Others are not,
Like ghosts and goblins,
And things that rot

Cats and dogs are not scary 
At all, 
All they do is play chase
And catch a ball.

But the scariest thing 
Creeps around at night, 
Looking for victims 
To scratch and bite.

It hides its face 
It's too ugly to see, 
It rules all the monsters,
Both tall and wee.

Those who've seen his face,
Their eyes burst and bleed,
They beg for mercy 
"Spare us, spare us," they plead.

But he's not a giver 
He takes what he finds,
All sorts of people 
Both sightseers and blind.

You've got the picture,
That he is the king
Of everything scary, 
Every little scary thing.

So watch out at night 'cause if
By him you're seen,
He'll give you an evil grin
And say...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, October 28, 2011

SOME HALLOWEEN FUN!

When my children were little, we always did holiday theme crafts and coloring. I loved when I could find some free online things to do with the kids. I have gather up some links to share with you, so you can do some fun things with your kids or grandchildren. Please enjoy!


Printable Coloring Pages:
http://www.grandparents.com/gp/content/activitiesandevents/coloring-activity-pages/article/halloween-coloring-pages.html

Printable Stencil (For older kids):
http://www.bhg.com/halloween/pumpkin-carving/pumpkins-from-stencils-to-carved/#page=1

13 Free Halloween Fonts: http://mashable.com/2011/10/25/free-halloween-fonts/

Halloween Printable's (greeting cards, coloring pages, signs, puzzles, and more):http://www.halloweenprintables.net/

Loads of Halloween Fun:http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/

Here are some cute recipes to do with your kids:

Ghostly Snack Treats

Kids can help shape these simple, spooky specters

With just a little butter and some old-fashioned elbow grease, you can turn traditional Rice Krispies Treats into these cute Halloween specters. Not a fan of phantoms? Mold the treats into other fiendish shapes, like bats, snakes, or cats. The Rice Krispies Treats® Cookbook (Weldon Owen, 2011) has even more ideas. 

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 ounces, about 40) regular marshmallows OR 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal
Flaked coconut
Canned frosting or
decorating gel
Assorted candies

Directions:
1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using 1⁄2-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into portions. Using buttered hands, shape each portion into ghost shape. Cool. Decorate with coconut, frosting, and/or candies. Best if served the same day.

Microwave Directions:
In microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows on high for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave
cooking times may vary.

Serves 12

Halloween Cookies

Cookies are a favorite for any occasion. Make these for trick-or-treaters, take them to a school or church bazaar or fill a tin for a neighbor. Add names to the ghosts to use at place settings. 

You Will Need Halloween cookie cutters: 
Tube of black icing gel, to outline cookies and add features to ghosts Orange and black paste food colors to color dough
Royal Icing for ghost cookies (see recipe, Step 11) Pastry brush
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour Egg yolk for solid orange cookies

What to Do 
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.
3. Add baking powder and then flour one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff. Blend last flour in by hand. (If necessary add a little water to dough if crumbly.) Do not chill dough.
4. Divide dough into three balls. Set one aside and leave uncolored. Knead or mix orange food color in the second ball and black food color into the third. Cover each ball with plastic wrap and keep covered when not working with it.
5. For all cookies, roll dough slightly thinner than the cutter.
6. To make uncolored cookies, roll dough and cut various shapes.
7. To make striped cookies, roll sections of colored and uncolored dough together, side by side, and then cut out cookies. (They will look like the orange, black and white BOO and EEK cookies in photo, above.)
8. For the orange BOO and EEK cookies, use uncolored dough. After cutting out shapes, mix orange food color with egg yolk and “paint” cookies with pastry brush before baking.
9. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a rack.

Recipe makes 3-4 dozen cookies.

Icing the Cookies 
10. To decorate BOO and EEK cookies, outline baked cookies with black icing gel as shown in photo.
11. For ghost cookies, leave uncolored and add features with black icing gel or color white with Royal Icing made as follows:
3 egg whites, 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. Beat all ingredients at high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until icing forms stiff peaks. To thin, add 3 to 4 tablespoons water, a small amount at a time until icing is the consistency of heavy cream.
“Paint” icing on ghost shapes with a pastry brush.

Recipe will ice 2 dozen cookies.

Orange Witches’ Brew Punch

Ginger ale sparkles with pineapple juice, apricot nectar and orange gelatin

Ingredients

1 package (6 ounces) orange gelatin
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
1 can (46 ounces) apricot nectar
1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
4 liters ginger ale, chilled

    How to make it  10 minutes

1
In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin and sugar in water. Stir in the apricot nectar, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Freeze in two 2-quart freezer containers. Remove from the freezer 2-3 hours before serving.
2
Place contents of one container in a punch bowl; mash with potato masher. Stir in ginger ale just before serving. Repeat. Serves 32.

I hope you enjoy some Halloween Fun!


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