Sunday, June 24, 2007

My Baby Pepper

Look at this pepper, isn't it adorable? This is the first of many peppers to come. I have beautiful green tomatoes, a little aneheim pepper, nice sturdy baby corn stalks and happy little squash plants. I am so happy that all of them are doing so well.

After that last frost earlier this month I was getting a bit annoyed at this Colorado weather. So far, no more frosts and the likelyhood of them coming back soon is pretty obsolete. How are your gardens doing? I would love to see some pics!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Reno 911- Midnight Shootout Game

This Reno 911 Midnight Shootout Game is a hilarious game that is goofy and fun. It is based on the unrated Reno 911! Miami The Movie. You start out on a screen where you see civilians, police officers and criminals standing in front of those flat building you used to see in the old western games where you shoot the bad guy who pops up in the windows.
Anyway, you get to see where every one is for a few seconds and then the screen goes all black. You have to remember where the bad guys and the good guys are and you have 10 rounds to eliminate the bad guys. At the end of each round you get points based on how many bad guys you hit and "special people" such as mimes, clowns and laywers. You get points deducted for hitting inocents and police officers.
The funniest round is the last one where you are given a rocket launcher and told to hit a gang on top of a building but to be sure you don't actually hit the buildings. I was not able to master that round and completely destroyed the whole city.
The good news is that I was accepted by the Reno 911 team!!! Yipeee!! ha ha ha

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Does your soil need sulfer?

Hey guys, I know that all of us test our soil to see what elements are missing. If you happen to be missing sulfur and would like a cost effective, practical way to get it into you soil, I have a tip for you.
When transplanting your plant into your garden bed, you would of course dig your hole. Now you know the little books of matches you get free at bars and some restaurants? Cut the tips off 6-12 of the matches right into the hole you are preparing for transplant, mix the match heads around in the soil a bit before placing your plant in the hole and you are ready to go. Easy huh?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Reading Learning Program Offered By Score!

Ok, I know I keep talking about this Score program but if it hasn't convinced you to check them out, do it now! Ha ha. Anyway, in addition to the Summer Camp I told you guys about and the Math tutoring that I told you about too, SCORE also offers Reading Tutors! This is quite like the Math program where it offers the children learning at their own unique rate. As with all SCORE programs it also teaches the fundamentals in a fun and encouraging way, by highly trained tutors so the learning is easier and more productive.

Even if you home school your child, SCORE could be the answer to your frustrated readers, or even advanced ones. Their tailored to fit teaching tools helps a child who is struggling and behind in the subject to catch up, or even the accelerated child who is bored with the average reading lessons, to jump ahead into a level more comfortable and beneficial to them. Just take a look at it guys, their programs have something for everyone.

Planting Potatoes

Hey all, I am sure you all have you potatoes in the ground by now but I am wondering what technique you used. Last year my husband and I tried two methods of planting potatoes.

We planted one set of them in 5 gallon buckets, covering the tubers with about 2 inches of good soil, manuer and compost. As the tubers grew, we covered them with two more inches of the mixture at a time until we ran out of room in the buckets. After that slow process we just watered and watched the plants grow.

Our other method was putting the tubers directly on the ground. We did not worry about the type of soil the tubers were on. After placing the tubers on the ground, we covered them with about two feet of straw. Right after putting the straw down, we watered the massive pile until it flattened out a bit. We watered this pile regularly and when the tubers started peeking through the straw, we piled some more on top of them.

In both methods the tubers grew well and required little work. After the tubers started dying away and we pulled the potatoes out, we left them outside to dry for a few days.

The main difference between the two methods was that the potatoes grown in the straw were larger and easier to clean. While the bucketed potatoes were good sized they were harder to clean and cost considerably more. We had imported the soil being that we live in a sandy, dry area.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Planning A Trip? Have I Got The Site For YOU!

Hey all, are you planning on taking a trip any time soon? My family and I are going to go New York this summer to see the Yanks in their stadium one last time before they build the other one. When we do we had thought we would drive because to fly is too expensive. Boy were we wrong. I went to this Hotel Reservations web site that offers Cheap Air Fair, Cheap Hotels and Cheap Car Rentals.

I went searching for a flight from Denver, CO to Newark, NY and just about fell off my chair when I saw the price. For six of us it was under $1200!!! Can you believe that? At most sites, that's how much it would be for just four of us. I was so excited that I had to see what the combination of Air, Hotel and Car Rental would be. I laughed with pleasure to see that us six could take a flight from Denver, Colorado straight through to New York, stay in a hotel 1 mile from Times Square and have a minivan for our whole entire trip for less than 600 a person! Seriously, it equaled out to be $3431 for the ENTIRE trip! Can you even believe that?!

Ok, now I know I have been bragging about the prices and they are TRULY great but I also wanted to tell you guys about the user friendliness of the Hotel Reservations web site. It is so easy to navigate through and find exactly what you are looking for. I know you all know what I am talking about when I say that there are some really nice products and web sites out there, but the fact that they are hard to navigate will turn most users off. This is where is different. Every page I went to has easy to find information with step by step procedures to get you to the information that you are looking for.

If you are planning on a trip or even if you think you can't afford one, check out this site guys! It will be worth your time!

Roses and Raspberries getting munched on?

Hey guys, I know that most of you probably already know of this tip, but I thought just in case you didn't that I would share it with you.

To deter critters like rabbits and deer, plant garlic cloves or onion bulbs in the same area as your raspberries and roses. I know what you are thinking... garlic and onion bulbs take a while to get started. They have to be above ground before the smell can even be detected by the critters. Well, while you wait for your new best friends to grow up, just sprinkle some plain old garlic powder on your plants.

If you do choose the garlic powder method, be sure to reapply after rain or strong wind.

SCORE Learning Centers Offering Tutoring

All you parents probably read about my post a few days ago telling you all what SCORE Camp is all about. I was just reading about SCORE Learning Centers and they offer Math tutoring as well. They have highly trained Math Tutors who will help your child either catch up to his/her classmates or jump ahead of them in this accelerated learning program.

They also have a computer system that tailors to each child's learning level that allows the child to learn at their own pace and level. This sounds ideal for us parents who notice our child falling behind in class, or even notice our child getting bored with the Math assignments in school.

Even as a home school mother, the value of this SCORE Math Tutoring is invaluable. One of our 3rd graders struggles with Math and I think that SCORE may be the answer to our problem!

Dear Lord Website Launching in 30 Days

Hey all,
I'm am just writing to let you know about our upcoming launch date for our website Dear Lord. It is a website that will be offering spiritual counseling for those seeking it.

We will be offering this counseling free of psychology and of course, free of charge. We will be giving you advice and counseling directly from the Word Of God.

The home page tells what the website is about and you can look through the pages on the side that link to each of our testimonies, our doctrine, articles written by the minister and others and much more. Of course you will be able to click on Dear Lord... and write in your problem, issue, question, comment, or encouraging thought.

There are 5 of us who are Born of the Spirit of God who will be offering counseling to those in need. We range from 10 years old to over 30 years in Christ. There are also 2 "fleshly" Christians, which means they are not saved, know they are not saved, but are in the church and content being there. Each of us 7 have something unique to offer those seeking counseling and you may feel free to request which ever one of us you feel will be the most helpful to you and your problem.

You may wish to write in anonymously, or leave us your name, it is completely up to you. You may chose to have your question posted to the site for all to view or send us your personal email address for us to reply to. The one thing you need to keep in mind if you would like accurate counseling, is to give all the information without holding any truths back. Without accurate information, we can not give you accurate counseling.

On July 14, 2007 I will post the link to the website on the side of all my blogs so you will have easy access to it. We look forward to seeing you there, even if the Lord had to lead you by the nose. Ha ha

Pay Per Post Direct Pays More, Less Hassle

Hey guys,
Have you noticed the dark blue badge on the side of my blog page that says “payperpost direct HIRE ME!”? Let me tell you a little about it. It is a handy little badge PayPerPost just came out with that allows advertisers to hire me for blogging about their site for them. You set the amount you would like to be paid on it and when the advertiser wants you to write something about their product, website, etc. they click on the badge and pay you for your post.

This is awesome. Now the good part: PayPerPost competitors charge 50% of the fee you are charging the advertiser for their own fee. PayPerPost charges….wait for it…10%! Can you believe that? You make 40% more posting for advertisers on PayPerPost Direct then you would at its competitors, such as ReviewMe. For example, say you want to be paid $100 to post something on your blog. With a competitor’s fee you would make $50. That’s not bad. Now let’s say you did the exact same thing on PayPerPost Direct. The advertiser was charged $100 and you keep $90. It is that simple. You would have lost $40 going with a competitor of PayPerPost Direct. Is there any doubt in your mind which one you should go with? I think not!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Some Other Published Works on Associated Content

Hey again, I have gotten a few more articles published on Associated Content if anyone would like to check them out. The first two I think I told you guys about. The first one was Seperation of Home and State. It is my views about why parents should homeschool, or at least why I homeschool my children.

The second article pertains to gardening! It is about a method of gardening called Companion Planting. It has quite a bit of info for any of you that don't know what Comapion Planting is.

The third and fifth articles are reviews of two of Colorado Springs local hot spots. One being the Flying W Ranch and the other being the Garden of the Gods.

There is a review on the Pirates of the Carabbean: At World's End, and the last one is my favorite. It is about the new Creation Museum developed by Answers In Genesis. Seriously guys check out the article and check out their site. It is beautifully done and they are taking a lot of heat for those of us who have been dying to take our children to a museum that doesn't start off saying... "Millions of years ago..."

I will link my articles on the side of the blog so you all can view them. They will be under the title: Associated Content Articles.
Thanks guys

Summer Program Keeps Children's Minds Sharp and Active

Score Educational Centers is now offering Summer Camps for children to continue learning or even advance their learning while still enjoying their summer break. The program I am talking about is called Score!30. This program offers 30 one hour sessions that can be done daily or spread out through the summer. You can look up the specific program by your child's grade level to see what would be taught.
I have written in to see when I can sign my two children (pictured above with all their other home schooled cousins) up. They are homeschooled but I think this program will give them a chance to see what teaching from another source is like and it will also give them a chance to socialize with others in their grade. You guys should check it out, I know I will!

My disgruntled tomato plant

Ok, I called it quits on my poor, beat up tomato plant. Fortunately I had purchased it from Lowes and they were kind enough to take it back. I was very happy to exchange it but when I looked at their plants, they did not look much better than my pummeled tomato plant, so I just got my money back and went to Harding Nursery.

Their plants were beautiful and large and only $1.00 more than the ones I had purchased from Lowes, so I got 2 more. I also purchased some cherry peppers, salsa peppers, jalepeno and bell peppers. After planting them in the garden, I immediately sheltered them from the mean wind and hail.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Are you into saving money?

Ok, just in case you don't know what it is, HSN is the Home Shopping Network. They are online as well as on the television and they have EVERYTHING! From jewelry to computers, to exercise equipment and kitchenware. They offer payments on nearly all of their products as well as HSN credit and tons of sales. In case you haven't figured it out.. I love HSN. I have purchased a ton of things from them and not only does their payments and vast array of products entice me, but their warranties as well. Now, HSN is awesome but guess what? Now the Coupon Chief has got coupons for HSN that I am very happy about. The coupons offer free shipping, from 15%-85% off items and $15-$20 off some items.
If you shop HSN, Coupon Chief HSN Coupons is the place for you to find some great coupons to make your shopping a little easier on the purse.
If you don't shop HSN, don't worry, coupon chief has tons of coupons for all kinds of companies. Whether you shop at the Home Depot, HP (Hewlett Packard), JoAnns, Best Buy or many other stores and websites, you will want to check the Coupon Chief out.

Monday, June 04, 2007

My Poor Tomato Plant

Look at my poor tomato plant! Once robust and full of life, now limp and lifeless, beaten by the hail and wind. I have put a bucket over him in hopes of saving his very frail life, and I will document his progress here to let you all know if he is still with us in a week or so.

PayPerPost- Anyone heard of it?

I signed up with PayPerPost on May 17th of this year and finally got to writing a post for payment. I wrote the post on May 24, 2007 and got approved and paid for it today, June 4th. This will be my fourth paid post and I will have made just under $30. That's not bad for four posts huh?
I was told about blog marketing by a friend I used to work with at Chacha who is now making around 150.00 a day! I am so glad he introduced me to this because as soon as my ratings go up, I will start to make a decent income from it. I home school my kids, and am a student myself so my income is nonexistent. PayPerPost will open doors for me at home that I have not found elsewhere, and best of all, it is free. There is absolutely nothing to purchase, so no risk involved. If you are interested making some extra money you can click on the badge on the side of my posts and sign up! It's that easy.

Colorado Hail Storm

Hey guys, I planted my tomato and pepper plants into their comfy little veggie beds about 2 weeks ago and since then we keep getting hail storms. It is so annoying! My poor little babies are all broken and beat down, I am not sure if they will survive. I finally remembered what saved all my plants last year was buckets. My garden looked like I was growing buckets but I don't care, it saved my plants from the horrible winds and hail storms. So I am getting out there today and getting buckets around all my plants.
That is actually the reason I am writing this morning, to let you all know that if you have problems with wind, driving rain, or hail, just take a 5 gallon bucket and cut the bottom out. Place it over your plants and they will thank you for it. the open top lets the sunlight in so you won't have to worry about stunted growth and the sides of the bucket offer a little shade to the plants too so they can cool down a bit on really hot days.

New Hightech, Fun To Use, Portable Telescope with LCD Screen

Mead MySKY telescope is one of the coolest items I have seen on the market! It is a telescope that helps you identify what you see in our night sky. The problem with most telescopes is they are so big that they are virtually unmovable. Have you ever wanted to take your telescope camping, or hiking but the weight and size of it prevented you from doing so? With the new MySKY telescope, that is not a problem. It's lightweight, portable, and fun to use. The trendy handheld telescope is shaped like a space gun and features an LCD screen that not only allows you to view what the gun is pointed at, but to hear the name of constellations, planets, galaxies and more. So pack up your MySKY and take it with you to your favorite camp site, evening trail ride, or cabin trip; you will be so glad you did.

In addition to pointing and shooting at objects in the sky to identify them, this awesome little telescope has a guided tour that will help you to understand more about our vast universe with intensely detailed pictures, videos and audio. You can even download updated information, tours, and program improvements from the Internet to keep your MySKY up to date.

This is quite possibly the easiest and most fun to use telescope ever invented. You should definitely take a look at this! Check out the pictures from the guided tour MySKY telescope you will be astounded!

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