All Natural Lip Balm The week leading up to the new year wasn't exactly how I had pictured it. It was the last week of the boys winter break. I had envisioned walks around downtown looking at the lights, taking down the Christmas tree together, continuing our holiday baking marathon and maybe even a little post Christmas mall browsing. But alas, none of those things happened. Thankfully, I had made a big batch of lip balm the week before Christmas to give as little handmade gifts to my girlfriends. This recipe is super simple. The recipe came from this blog last year and I tweaked it a bit and she grabbed it from this book where she had tweaked it a bit. Sweet Orange Lip Balm 8 Tablespoons Coconut Oil 3 Tablespoons Beeswax 1.5 Tablespoons Raw Honey 30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (if you want color) 1/2 stick of natural lipstick (I like Jane Iredale and Josie Moran) Place oil, beeswax and honey in a double boiler (or heatproof bowl resting on top of a small saucepan of simmering water).
OTR.Network Library (The Old Time Radio Network) Old Irish Online: Lesson 1 This selection is taken from a text called Compert Con Culainn, The Conception of Cú Chulainn, which is one of the preludes (remscéla, or pre-stories) to the tales forming the so-called Ulster Cycle, a collection of lore centered around the heroes of the ancient Irish province of Ulster. Compert Con Culainn narrates the miraculous circumstances of the threefold birth of Cú Chulainn, the main hero of the Ulster saga. According to Irish tradition, the events described took place around the time of the birth of Christ, yet the central topic of the Ulster epic is far older and can be seen as a window on pre-Iron Age Ireland, possibly reflecting the fights of the Indo-European Celtic settlers against the older non-Celtic inhabitants of northwest Ireland. The text contains remarkable archaisms. Like most of the earlier Irish tales, it cannot be attributed to any specific author, but was passed on as oral lore until being written down by medieval scribes. Reading and Textual Analysis
Welcome to Swimpond Landscape Design Inc ... where lifestyle is in harmony with nature On the surface, our swimponds look like a natural garden pond but they are specifically designed so people can swim in clean, pure water with absolutely no chemicals. A swimpond actually consists of two zones: a deep, central swimming area and a shallower surrounding area with plants which are specially chosen to purify the water. A traditional swimming pool uses chemicals such as chlorine to kill bacteria whereas a swimpond cleanses the water naturally. It uses the natural purifying properties of plants and our proprietary filter technology to provide natural, chemical-free clear water. Tommie Award Winner - Gold Georgie Award Winner - Gold
Traditional Childrens Songs | Children Songs We wanted to come up with something special that wasn’t available anywhere else… at least, not for FREE. So we have selected a whole bunch of great traditional children’s favorites…songs that have been around for many years. Songs that children, and their parents, and their grandparents and even great-grandparents might all remember and love from their childhood. They may have sung them around the campfire, or at vacation bible school…almost anywhere! Then, we tapped some friends of ours…Noelle Shearer and John Morgan…to help us out. And, if you really love these songs, check out this great CD of songs by Noelle & John called Happy Children, Happy Day.
Khan Academy DIY Picture Tiles - You Will Never Buy a Photo Frame Again Lately I’ve been having this huge urge to decorate the house. This is big news. I do not decorate. Arguably, one of the reasons why is because I. absolutely. hate. to. buy. mass. produced. decor. (Also, I can’t ever remember if pink and purple go together or not.) Anyway, this extends to photo frames. Nope. Long story short, I discovered this method of transferring my photos cheaply, quickly, and beautifully to something uncommon and unique. Tiles. The only thing that’s not particularly crunchy about this is that it uses Modge Podge or similar (and I’m not sure what’s in Modge Podge). It’s just grainy and doesn’t dry clearly. Boo. BUT, if you can overlook that one minor issue, I think you’ll love this. And it will be glorious. Here’s how you do it. First, you need to go to Home Depot, Lowes, or something like it. (FYI, I found that Lowes prices on tiles were cheaper than Home Depot. I like the stone tiles, because they have texture. So you pick out your tiles in the sizes you want. Go go go!
Elf on the Shelf -- Holiday Books and Traditions “Kaia, it’s time for bed.”“But mommy, I want to stay up!!”“Well, I know you want to be a good listener––the elf is watching.” Plus: Fun Ideas for Elf on the Shelf Ah, the spirit of Christmas is upon us. Plus: Our Favorite Holiday Books for Kids But the real fun behind the elf is finding him in the morning and discovering what kind of mischief he got himself into overnight. Tricky ElfUse a roll of toilet paper to “TP” your Christmas tree or child’s room and put the empty roll in your elf’s arms. Snow AngelSprinkle flour on the countertop and move your elf’s legs to simulate a snow angel. Candy ODEmpty a bag of candy (M&Ms work well) around your elf and put the empty bag in his arms. Fun with FriendsSet a scene with the elf hanging out with your child’s favorite stuffed animals. Panty RaidHang your child’s underwear on the tree or around the house and pose your elf hanging on her underwear drawer. Plus: How the Elf on the Shelf Saved Our Christmas Dress UpYou can buy clothes for your elf!
Eight Ways Sex Makes You Beautiful We spend countless hours and dollars to doll ourselves up, but Mother Nature has given us women an au natural way to turn heads: S-E-X. Sure, there’s a time and a place for perfectly applied eyeliner and not-a-strand-out-of-place hair. But really, what’s hotter than devil-may-care, mussed up bedhead and a swagger that just won’t quit? It’s time to channel your inner Brigitte Bardot, ladies! Sex is the ultimate beauty enhancer. No product or procedure can beat getting down and dirty in making you even more gorgeous. MORE: The Many Ways Women Have Mind Blowing Sex 1. Every morning, you apply makeup and by lunch, you already need a touch up! MORE: The Science of Makeup 2. Even if you stay out of the sun, you still may be at risk for premature pruning. QUIZ: How Healthy is Your Skin? 3. We all know that the sexiest thing a woman can have is confidence. QUIZ: Are You Sexually Satisfied? 4. Sex can also contribute to a healthy head of hair. QUIZ: How Hott (and Healthy) is Your Hair? 5. 6. 7. 8.
Recipes for Kids Fun & Sensory Processing Disorder Play. Friends of mine, and I, from Tots-n-Tums Young Parent Parenting Forum have put together a list of Kids Fun Recipes, so I’m sharing them with you! Most of these are brilliant for kids with SPD either as a seeker or desensitising a sensitive or avoider child. Enjoy! Slime Ingredients: A large container – rectangular is best for storage and playing in. 1 cup of Lux flakes 3 cups of boiling water (2 and a half cups will make a thicker slime) Method: Place the Lux flakes in the container Add boiling water Stir using a fork/whisk Allow the ‘slime’ to set – preferably overnight You can colour the slime by colouring the water before adding Bubbles 1/2 cup Dish washing Detergent 5 cups Distilled water 2 Tablespoon Glycerine mix all ingredients together gently Cornflour Paint 1 Tablespoon Cornflour 1 Tablespoon cold water 1 cup boiling water Various food colourings mix cornflour & cold water together until creamy add boiling water & stir until thick another Slime Recipe 2 cups water 1/2 cup cornflour food colouring
Free online speed reading software | Spreeder.com Speed reading is the art of silencing subvocalization. Most readers have an average reading speed of 200 wpm, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud. This is no coincidence. It is their inner voice that paces through the text that keeps them from achieving higher reading speeds. They can only read as fast as they can speak because that's the way they were taught to read, through reading systems like Hooked on Phonics. However, it is entirely possible to read at a much greater speed, with much better reading comprehension, through silencing this inner voice. In the real world, this is achieved through methods like reading passages using a finger to point your way. With the aid of software like Spreeder, it's much easier to achieve this same result with much less effort. To train to read faster, you must first find your base rate. After you've finished, double that speed by going to the Settings and changing the Words Per Minute value. Good luck!
Family Activities | Eye Didn't Know That! Family Fun Learning about healthy eyesight and taking steps to treat your eyes right is something the whole family should do—and there are fun ways to do it together. Eye Food Treats There are some foods that are actually really good for your eyes—and we’ve got some great recipes you can make with your parents that are fun to cook, delicious to eat, and good for your eyes. The foods that have the excellent health benefits for your eyes include foods that contain vitamins A, C, and E; fatty acids; omega-3 and beta-carotene. Examples of these types of foods include: Leafy green vegetables Grapes Berries Carrots Squash Soy Nuts Family Friendly Recipes from Food Network Chef Robert Irvine! Check out these two special recipes full of fresh, eye-healthy ingredients, created by Chef Robert Irvine, host of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible, to celebrate the 2012 Transitions Championship golf event. Orzo Pasta Salad with Carrot Vinaigrette Blueberry Pom Punch Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Pops
6 Insane Coincidences You Won't Believe Actually Happened America's Freak Luck During the Battle of Midway The Battle of Midway may be remembered as one of the most spectacular naval battles in history and one of the huge turning points in the Pacific theater, but it started out as a pure clusterfuck for the Americans. Despite going into battle with most of Japan's game plan in their pocket thanks to American codebreakers/Bothan spies, the U.S. Navy had little to show for it in the early hours of June 4, 1942. Just about every aircraft that took on the Japanese that day was destroyed, and all without delivering any serious damage. Where it Gets Weird: There was one squadron of American dive bombers lead by Lieutenant Commander C. His squadron started dropping like flies until, in an act of sheer luck that would make even J.K. Where it Gets Even Weirder: This winning of the lottery twice in the same day dealt the Japanese Navy's first defeat in almost 300 years, and a lopsided victory for the Americans that the Imperials never recovered from.