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25 clever ideas to make life easier Via: Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw). Via: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls). Via: Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via: Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Via: Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music. Via: Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. Via:

Cannibalistic Pumpkin Carving Tutorial I thought I would try my hand at carving the popular cannibalistic pumpkin that I've seen so many times before. Just as I was starting out, I realized that this was a good opportunity to document it with my camera. So below is a little tutorial I put together for anyone who might want to try this out. It's not too difficult if you are just patient and take it slow. STEP 1: The first thing you want to do before setting out on this is to get the proper tools and items. 1. STEP 2: Take your washable marker and draw out the face on the big pumpkin. STEP 3: Grab your large knife and cut a hole in the top of the large pumpkin for the cap. STEP 4: Take the cap off and set it to the side. STEP 5: Get your children involved by having them scoop out the insides. STEP 6: Once you get all the seeds and innards out, then get your spoon and scrape out the extra stuff that clings to the side. When you are done, your pumpkin should have a smooth inside all the way around.

Review of Galantamine: the Lucid Dreaming Pill | the new dream studies portal So you’re considering the red pill… Galantamine has emerged as THE lucid dreaming pill. This natural supplement has been used for centuries in China as a memory enhancer, and was even noted by the ancient Greeks for its powerful mind-inducing effects. Now we know that galantamine indirectly promotes dreaming sleep as well as lucid dreaming, which is the art of becoming self-aware in your dreams. There’s a lot of hype about galantamine, so I want to cover the basics about how it works on the brain, the studies that have proven its effectiveness, and my personal recommendations for experimentation with this safe and natural supplement. I also want to be brutally honest about some of the mild psychological and physical side effects as well. Want to cut to the chase? Galantamine & Memory red spider lily (Lycoris radiata) Galantamine is found in the natural world in many plant sources, including the common daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus). How Galantamine Works On your Brain Laberge’s results?

Before & After: Crazy Beautiful Toy Kitchen :: Green Your Decor 23.2K Flares23.2K Flares × LOOKING for more DIY play kitchens? Click here for a roundup with lots more projects, photos and ideas, including a DIY toy workbench for a little boy! And if you like this post, Subscribe to Green Your Decor for more DIY projects and green ideas! I like to think of myself as pretty crafty. I often see items in a store and think of a way (or find a tutorial) so I can make it myself. I usually post the “after” picture first, with a before picture later. Gorgeous! Read the details at Giggleberry Creations. Looking for more DIY projects? Keeping kids safe It’s time to ditch the old adage, “Don’t talk to strangers.” After the gory slaying of an 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn, N.Y., parents are wondering how best to protect their children. But they may not be approaching it in the most effective way, child-safety experts said yesterday. Leiby Kletzky was walking home from day camp alone late Monday afternoon when he became lost and asked a man for directions, police said. That man, Levi Aron, is now accused of killing the boy and dismembering his body. Leiby had begged his parents to let him walk the seven blocks by himself, leaving parents to wonder how old children should be before they can venture even a short distance on their own. “Age isn’t really the determining factor. She said the No. 1 mistake parents make is focusing on “stranger danger.” Many children envision a “stranger” as a mean, ugly person, when in fact dangerous abductors can be good-looking and charming, McBride said. Leiby “got totally discombobulated,” she said. “I’m shaken.

Lucid Dreaming | Mortal Mist Gift Ideas for poor creative souls (6) You know how it goes, a friend calls you and invites you to dinner at the last minute. OMG! What gift can you take?! I thought this was a wonderful idea. Supplies: Patterned paper-one 12 x 12" sheet. These directions will give you one flower. 1. 4. 5. Tip: For single sided paper. 6. Note: Florist tape is stretchy, just play with it and pull gently but firmly as you move down the stem. 7. Note, you will have to play around with the height of the petals, and where on the petal you start your tape. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. For tutorials on how to market yourself online, go here.

9 Kids Craft Websites You've Got to Know I HAVE to share some of my favorite kids craft website with you all today. Each are full of amazing, entertaining, and educational crafts for kids. I’m in awe of the wonderful things they all post, very inspiring. You must check them out! Tinker Lab: Lots of tinkering going on. I Can Teach My Child: All kinds of educational activities. The Chocolate Muffin Tree: It’s all in the name, Chocolate Muffin Tree. Chalk in my Pocket: Play and discovery. Naturally Educational: This former teacher is crafting up all kinds of fun and creative ideas. Childhood 101: From crafting to parenting, lots of playing, learning, and growing. No Time for Flash Cards: There’s no time for flash cards with the fabulous crafts, storybooks, and activities going on here. Crafts by Amanda: She’s got those simple and easy craft ideas that look great using only a few supplies. Filth Wizardry: One of my favorites, they know how to get creative and explore the world around us. Tagged as: crafts Written by Marie LeBaron

Forty Ways To Free Up Disk Space By Bill Shadish Published in TechRepublic's Windows Support Professional ( You've probably heard the Paul Simon song "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover," which describes a number of tricks for breaking free from an undesired relationship. No, I can't guarantee that simply by reading this article you'll meet that special person. A simple lack of disk space is the most common disk-space problem. Figure A: Having no available disk space is a sad situation. On This Page What junk to go after Manually deleting unwanted programs Manually deleting unwanted files Manual file compression Controlling application parameters Disk compression Cleanup Defragmentation Conclusion What junk to go after You have several means of gaining back disk space on a Windows system. Manual deletion of unwanted programs Manual deletion of unwanted files Manual file compression Application parameter control Disk compression Defragmentation Manually deleting unwanted programs

P.S.- I made this... sand playdough As we have been running some workshops on sand recently, it has caused us to think widely about uses we can find for this wonderful, cheap and accessible product. All children love playdough and all children love sand (well nearly all!) … so why not combine them? We found an uncooked recipe that is very successful. 4 cups clean sand 3 cups flour 1 cup water 1/4 cup oil Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. It combines sand table play and playdough, and children never want to put it away. It is good for children that are very tactile. We also like to adapt our mini playdough recipe to include sand so the children can make individual batches of dough. 1 tablespoon clean sand 4 tablespoons plain flour 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons vegetable oil Additional sand to roll playdough through for added texture Alternatively you could make up your regular playdough recipe, a little wetter than usual, and provide the children with containers of sand to roll and mix the playdough through!

Soap Making Instructions | Soap Making Recipes and Tutorials | Teach Soap Kids See Things Differently Than Adults Added on Mar 31, 2011 / Category : Misc / 25 Comments If you are a parent, you have most likely smiled more than once while thinking about how your child views the world. I think it's safe to say that kids look at things a lot differently than us grown-ups. Jeff Wysaski knows all about how kids view things differently than adults. If you like this article, Share it with the world: