Sunday, October 23, 2016

1 Million by Paco Rabanne Review

I have always been a fragrance junkie, and it’s all my mother’s fault. My mother started buying me and my two sisters perfume when we were as young as eight years old. One Christmas morning, we all ran to dig in our stocking before we opened opening our presents, and we each had a full sized bottle of perfume. Back then, my mother sold Avon, so we each had an Avon perfume. I had one called Odyssey, and my sisters had Sweet Honesty and Candid.

Because there were no men in our home, I never really appreciated men’s fragrances. And when I did smell a men’s fragrance, I thought it was a strange scent..too strong and spicy. Sometimes I still feel that way about men’s fragrances, but desingers are really stepping it up with these new men’s fragrances that are coming out right now! I’m so excited about it. I’ve been really impressed with at least half of the colognes that I’ve smelled within the past few months. A few of the colognes smell mild enough for women to wear too. That’s always a plus.

I don’t think that a woman would want to wear this particular fragrance, 1 Million by Paco Rabanne, but I think we would love to smell it on a man. Rabanne also has a perfume for women called Lady Million, which is a great fragrance that I described as smelling like a rich lady. You can read that review by clicking on my profile. But if I had to put 1 Million up against Lady Million, I actually think that 1 Million would get my vote. It smells really clean, kind of soapy, and it has a slight mossy note that makes it smells more rugged, if you know what I mean. But the mossy note is very subtle, so the cologne doesn’t smell grassy at all. The prominent note is that wonderfully clean soapy scent. Smelling clean will never go out of style, and since men tend to smell dirtier than women (sorry guys), it would be nice for them to smell clean for a change.

Soapy scents are universally flattering for all, but the mossy note is what makes this fragrance uniquely masculine. I absolutely love this cologne, and I would swoon if a man was wearing it. I love it, I think men would love it, and I am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

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10 Activities to Keep Your Teens Entertained on Vacation

So, as a fellow teenager I can say all ten of the things I am about to list will definitely help keep your teens entertained and wanting to go on vacation with you. We have all seen the movies, or experienced it, when the teenagers have no interest in going on family vacations. That will all change after you read and take in some of these ideas.

1) The Beach: The beach is something the whole family can enjoy. The cost of going to the beach is very minimal, as you will need to pay for lunch, possibly parking and renting of any toys you would like. There are numerous things the whole family can do on the beach. For one, there is the ocean where the kids can enjoy boogie boarding, or if they’re feeling daring, they can even attempt to surf! While they do this, the parents can just lay out and soak up the sun. You can also go on family bike rides along the pier. I know that doesn’t sound very enticing to many kids, but I enjoyed it with my mom at the age of 16, so try bringing it up. There are countless activities that you can partake in, those are just a few of them.

2) Amusement Park: Going to an amusement park is almost every child’s dream. There are rides, mascots, candy, and live entertainment. This is more of a teen thing than parent though, unless you are a daring parent and wish to ride with the teens on all the rides. This can also be costly (around $50-100 per person), but it will take up the whole day and you can expect it to be a great one.

3) Dave and Busters: Dave and Busters has created an ideal place for teens and families to go. You can all go together, sit down and have a nice dinner. After the dinner, parents can enjoy some drinks and conversation at the bar as well as some bar games. While teens on the other hand can go grab a game card and get straight to playing. They have any kind of arcade game you want. The cost of the trip to Dave and Busters in total will all depend on how much you are willing to put down. Putting $20.00 on a game card for 2 kids can last near 2 ½ hours. The dinner there is about $13.00 per person, not including alcoholic beverages.

4) The Zoo: The Zoo may seem childish, but in all reality, we all have a child in us that loves the zoo. Be sure that your teenager has a friend to accompany him/her in this exciting experience. Going to the zoo usually costs around $30.00 a person for admission. Anything you wish to spend after that is up to you. Zoos usually have some sort of live entertainment shows, a few rides, tours and of course hundreds of animal exhibits where you can see your favorite animals. This will usually take up a good portion of your day, leaving time in the evening to do activities. A lot of zoos at night have light shows during the holidays, so be sure to check into that before going.

5) Site Seeing: Site seeing can be FUN! I know your teens at first thought will initially reject the idea, and that is for a few reasons. Site seeing is made up to be something boring and for adults, when in reality it is because the information given isn’t presented correctly. Look into different tours around the town, especially interactive tours. No teen wants to sit there and listen to someone talk the whole time. Be sure to ask what they’re interested in checking out, and get their opinions on the subject. Going to Alcatraz was one of the coolest tours I had ever taken because I am very interested in criminal justice. It gave me some history behind the US while enjoying myself. Site seeing can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. Literally you can choose to spend nothing or you can choose to spend a lot to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

6) Shopping: Everyone knows that the Big Apple is famous for fashion avenue. Why not take your teenager there and let them explore the different shops that it has to offer for a few hours? Just be sure to ask them before hand because not everyone is into shopping. Shopping, like site seeing, can be extremely cheap or extremely expensive. You can make it completely free if you choose to just browse around, but if you wish to purchase things it becomes a little bit pricey so know your limits. This is a good family activity where dads and sons can bond and mothers and daughters can also bond so don’t pass it up!

7) Rent a Boat: Renting a boat is a great way to spend your afternoon! You can pack up the picnic basket and jump on board! There are several different things you can do while on the boat, my favorite being tubing. Tubing is something you can do two at a time, so again it makes for a great bonding experience. Have the captain crank up the speed and whip you and your teen around on the tube off the wake. A few other examples of activities could be: Fishing, Wake boarding, Water skiing, or even just sailing across the water and enjoying yourselves. Whatever you choose, I can assure you it will be a blast for your whole family. The price for a boat varies on your location and the type of boat you wish to acquire so be sure to get in contact with the rental services around your area.

8) Rent Wave Runners: Wow, this is by far one of my favorite out of all of them. Most teenagers will absolutely jump on this idea. The thought of the wind blowing through your hair cruising at 50 MPH through a lake and hitting the big jumps is appealing to us guys. Girls will also enjoy this, even the less daring girls will enjoy cruising along the ocean or lake on a wave runner. You can seat one or two per wave runner. Normally the rental people do not allow teenagers to drive, but who said rules couldn’t be bent? Just don’t get caught! :) This can run you upwards near $150.00 per 2 hours. It is fairly pricey, but is an excellent way to spend your vacation.

9) Go to a Fair: Check with the locals to see if there are any fairs going on, state fairs or even small fairs. Fairs are a fun way to spend the day. You can kick back on the Farris Wheel with your deep fried funnel cake in hands and enjoy the view. It is an awesome way to bond with your family, and maximize your time together. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get lucky and get to see a concert while you’re there! The price of a state fair usually ranges about $20.00 per person to get admission or rides if the admission is free into the fair. The food is obviously sky rocketed prices due to the sole fact they are the only ones selling at the fair. It’s all about competition.

10) Sporting event: Going to a sporting event is not just something guys enjoy, the whole family can enjoy it. Check the local papers and online and see if there are any sporting events going on during the duration of your stay. It is a guaranteed great time and you cannot go wrong here. You can enjoy each others company, and who knows maybe you’ll get lucky and catch your favorite team playing. The good part about this is you can sit nose bleeds for very cheap, around $10-15 per ticket. Take the whole family and enjoy your day or night! Try and get there early and see if you can snag a few autographs :).

That wraps up the guide to helping your teenager survive another “boring” family vacation and completely captivating them. Keep them busy and entertained and they will be begging for more! Written for teens by a fellow teen. Good luck as you embark on your future travels.

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1. I Wish I Were Even the Crudest Poet

Perception of the endless things that exist in space and time

Of Dearest Mother Nature, Her Wisdom, Ways and Limitlessness

The imaginable and unimaginable things in space and time

Flowing endlessly into my pony mind, mind of mutts and things

Forming a reservoir of information waiting to implode or explode

I wish I were a poet or could scribble few lines of even crude poems

I dwell on Dearest Mother Nature, time, time and time again

Attempting to attempt to imagine the scope of Her limitlessness

And the bandwidth of things She did, is doing, will do and can do

Imagination running riot from now to infinity and far, far beyond

Scouring my pony mind to no end, attempting to implode or explode

I wish I were a poet or could scribble few lines of even crude poems

Dearest Mother Nature, when, where, how and why you came to be

Qualities that torture me but at the same time feed me fat with joy

The vastness of creation, the universes and zillions of things out there

Qualities that torture me but at the same time feed me fat with joy

The symmetry, the synergy, the totality of things that exist everywhere

Qualities that torture me but at the same time feed me fat with joy

I wish I were a poet or could scribble few lines of even crude poems

Our own solar system among the uncountable ones in space and time

Our tiny earth explodes in zillions of well-oiled activities in fascination

Being loved, pampered and favored with rich gifts, courtesy of the sun

Man the animal, sequoia the plant and bacillus the bacterium, plus, plus

The land, the sea, the air and their combinations, all they prove and do

The invisible ones, worlds passing through worlds without colliding

Are uncountable curious things in different dimensions gazing at us?

I wish I were a poet or could scribble few lines of even crude poems

I enjoy the visible, but perceive more of the invisible, and their Maker

And the why, when and how of things wonderfully packaged by Nature

Left to us to explore, explain and enjoy, with gratitude to Mother Nature

I wish I were gifted with the rich, flowery language of Mother Nature

Poetic license, colorful, apt, rich gifts of the garb to describe Nature

Or rhythmic stanzas, admirable poetic language to explain and impact

The bounties and appreciation of the beauties of Nature latent in me

I wish I were a poet or could scribble few lines of even crude poems

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$1 Makeup that Rocks!

Yes, that’s right makeup for $1 and it’s awesome! Who would have ever thought you could by makeup for a buck? This company carries a whole line of makeup, most of it costs just one dollar.

Everything from concealers & foundations, to eyeliners & shadows, lip glosses & mascaras, and the list goes on. They even carry a line of bath and body products, makeup brushes, even false eyelashes.

The brand is e.l.f. which stand for eyes, lips, face. Providing high quality, affordable, mineral makeup is part of their philosophy. They have hundreds of products to choose from, so there is definitely a shade for you!

Whether you are trying a new look and don’t want to pay high prices, or are just on a budget, you cant go wrong paying a dollar for something that actually works.

This makeup is great for everyday use or to fill an extra makeup bag for car, gym, work, etc. It is also great for gifts and great for teens!

Here are some of the products that I have tried and what I think of them:

Eye Shadow-
e.l.f. Brightening Eye Color (#91210 Drama)- This eye shadow quad compact has 4 metallic colors in in white, black, light silver, darker silver. What can I say, I love it! It works great and you cant really ask for more for $1.

Eyeliner-
e.l.f Liquid Eyeliner Black- The Brush is a little thick but it is pretty stiff which makes the application easier. It goes on smooth and lasts all day, and the best part- you would never know it cost $1!

Mascara-
e.l.f. Regular & Waterproof mascara duo- Cool Idea to put both in one tube. Water-proof mascara is a little thicker than I usually like(but then again I am not a huge fan of waterproof in general). I did like the regular mascara, it went on smooth and clump free, and made my eyelashes look great! It does dry out quick and its not in a very big tube, but hey it cost $1.

Lip Gloss-
e.l.f. Super Glossy Lip shine with SPF 15- A little sticky, but I loved the glossiness and the fact that it was tinted (it comes in 10 different colors, I have tried 6 of them).Great product for summer! $1

Bronzer-
e.l.f Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder Warm Tan- Comes in 3 different colors, more coming soon. Overall, I thought is was a pretty good product. A little shiny, but made my skin look sun-kissed and glowing! $1

Tinted Moisturizer-
e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 Spice- Comes in 5 different colors. Sun protection, moisturizer, and sheer coverage, all in one. Another great product for summer!

Nails-
e.l.f. Nail Polish Remover Pads- These work great! They come in this little circle case, that is perfect for your pocket, purse, or desk. They are a little greasy, so you have to wash your hands when you are done but they do their job very well. $1

e.l.f. Nail Polish- They have over 40 colors to chose from, even black! (I have tried 5 of them) The colors are pretty, and go on smooth. I did apply three coats instead of two, for more of a true color. I loved the clear coat! $1

They also have a custom compact system that I thought was adorable. You can pick your own shadows, lip colors, and blushes. The compact is $1 and the makeup inserts are $1 each (it holds 4).

I picked up all of my products at Kmart. If you do not have a Kmart close to you, you can order right off of their website or you can use the store finder on their website.

Believe or not, they also have a clearance section on their website. I have seen things on here for 50% to 75% off of their normal prices, which is a super beauty bargain.

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1 Short of Even

Trust in me I will forget
The days we spent in
Burning memory, lost in silhouette.

I lost all, I owe a debt.
Pretentious; I am short of breath.
Trust in me, I will forget

Your smile; caught another in your net.
Of you, all I have left is
Burning memory, lost in silhouette.

Forgive me for I love you yet.
A crime, unforgettable.
Trust in me I will forget.

Martyr me, for I would bet
You pile high the sticks to purify
Burning memory, lost in silhouette.

Willingly I do submit in fire you set.
You do no wrong, feel no guilt.
Trust in me, I will forget,
Burning memory lost in silhouette.

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10 Ad Copy Endings that Sell

The words contained in your ad copy could determine whether the sale is yours or whether your visitor moves on without making the purchase. Use these tips to make your ad copy sell.

1. You could end your ad copy by telling people what will happen if they buy your product. Use your most powerful benefit as the example. Let them know why they can’t live without your product.

2. You could end your ad copy by telling people what will happen if they don’t buy your product. Use a problem that they won’t be able to solve without it. Let your visitors know what the consequences of not purchasing your product will be.

3. You could end your ad copy with a question they will always say yes too. They then will be used to saying yes when you ask them to order. Getting to “yes” is the goal here.

4. You could end your ad copy with a short review of your whole ad. Repeat all the major benefits and features they will receive. Ads are all about benefits and features.

5. You could end your ad copy with a deadline. Tell them it’s a limited time offer and they need to order by a specific date. Setting deadlines will show expediency.

6. You could end your ad copy with a powerful guarantee. Give them a lifetime or triple your money back guarantee. Guarantees help remove the risk associated with making the purchase.

7. You could end your ad copy with a testimonial. Use one or two of your customers’ testimonials that is believable and includes specific results. Testimonials will show people that your product has worked for others.

8. You could end your ad copy with a free bonus. When you give them a free bonus it increases the product’s perceived value. Free bonuses are a good incentive to get people to buy your product.

9. You could end your ad copy with a discounted price. Just list your regular price and then offer a discounted price off the order right now. Discounts are a great way to persuade people to buy.

10. You could end your ad copy with a free sample or trial of your will entice them further. A free trial will give people a chance to try your product and realize its value before purchasing.

Whether you make the sale has a lot to do with your sales letter. These are just a few suggestions that will make your ad copy sell. Test them out and figure out what will work for you.

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10 All-Natural Household Cleaning Products

Every mom wants a clean house and a healthy family. But what if the two aren’t mutually exclusive. What if the chemicals and toxins we use to clean can actually impact our family’s health? Many women are drawn to the idea of cleaning using natural products, but are unsure where to start and afraid of the price tag. Here are ten of the top all-natural cleaning products around, and where to find them.

Method French Lavender All Surface Cleaner

Price: approx. $4.00

Where To Buy: Target, Whole Foods Market, Babies R Us or MethodHome.com

This lavender-scented spray by Method is good for cleaning most surfaces in your home, including tile, marble, sealed wood and metal. The spray is non-toxic and biodegradable, with simple ingredients you can actually pronounce: purified water, corn and coconut derivatives, soda ash and fragrance oil. In my experience, Method All Surface Cleaner may need to sit a little longer on tough messes to be effective. It does, however, offer major benefits to environmentally-conscious consumers, with attractive packaging, the non-toxic formula and total lack of testing on animals.

Seventh Generation Emerald Cypress & Fir Tub & Tile Cleaner

Price: approx. $4.19

Where To Buy: Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Marsh, Whole Foods Market

Seventh Generation pulls no punches when it comes to the ingredients in their cleaning products, including the Emerald Cypress & Fir Tub & Tile Cleaner. This bathroom cleaner spray contains ingredients like water, lactic acid, cypress and balsam fir. But it also includes ingredients like polyglucose, sodium hydroxide and coceth-4. If those ingredients sound less than natural and make you a little nervous, never fear – the Seventh Generation site provides easy access to all of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on all of their ingredients. That way, you know exactly what those tongue-twisting agents are, and that what you’re getting is really, truly natural.

Begley’s Best All-Purpose Cleaner

Price: $6.00

Where To Buy: BegleysBest.com

Actor Ed Begley, Jr. has developed the Begley’s Best line of household cleaners in an effort to make environmental living easy for everyday people. All ingredients in this cleaner will biodegrade in a mere three to seven days. Some of the ingredients include pine and palm extract, de-acified citrus, maize, fermented cane sugar and olive seed. Not only harmless, this cleaner has actually been certified as a biological nutrient. It works well on countertops, floors, bathroom surfaces and more.

Seaside Naturals Peppermint Glass Cleaner

Price: $6.99

Where To Buy: SeasideNaturalsOnline.com

Glass cleaner is commonly known for the overwhelming ammonia fumes that tend to accompany it. Believe it or not, this highly-effective, all-natural peppermint glass cleaner by Seaside Naturals removes waxy build-up left on glass surfaces. No dangerous fumes, and no toxic run-off. The peppermint essential oils also offer the benefit of repelling insects from your windows during the hot summer months.

Method OMOP Lemon Ginger All Floor Care Kit

Price: $30.00

Where To Buy: Target, Whole Foods Market, Babies R Us or MethodHome.com

As an admitted mop-hater, when I first discovered the Swiffer floor care system, I was blown away. It was much easier to keep my floors clean. In a house with two kids, a dog and two cats, that’s a really big deal. But one thing always bothered me. The Swiffer produces almost constant waste, through bottles that must be replaced instead of refilled and mop pads that must be used and thrown away. The Method All Floor Care Kit resolves those environmental issues, with compostable, corn-based cleaning cloths! The refreshing lemon ginger extracts are a plus, too. Just clean, toss and enjoy the sweet smell of clean floors.

Greenworks Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Price: $4.69 – Drugstore.com

Where To Buy: major retailers (unspecified)

Due to popular consumer demand, the Clorox company has developed an all-natural line of cleaning products over the past five years. The Green Works Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner is one of the best all-natural products they have to offer. Toilet bowl cleaners are known to be harsh and full of dangerous, caustic chemicals. This natural toilet bowl cleaner gets a perfect clean with natural ingredients, like filtered water, lemon oil, glycerine, a coconut-based cleaning agent and lactic acid, with xantham gum acting as a natural thickener for a lasting clean. This product has worked as well as other, traditional cleaners, with fewer fumes and less guilt!

Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Wipes

Price: $8.95 – Shaklee.net

Where To Buy: online

Cleaning wipes are all the rage, and it’s no wonder why. For busy moms trying to wrangle rowdy kids, finding the paper towels and spray cleaners while making sure baby doesn’t eat the dog food is a little overwhelming. But regular cleaning wipes leave behind a trail of waste – used cleaning tissues that inevitably end up in our country’s landfills. Basic H2 has addressed that problem with it’s new product, the H2 Organic Super Cleaning Wipes. The wipes are 100% biodegradable, so you can toss them without the guilt.

Original Simple Green All-Purpose Spray

Price: $5.99 – BuySimpleGreen.com

Where To Buy: online and major retailers

Simple Green led the charge on environmentally-sensitive cleaning more than thirty years ago. This Simple Green All-Purpose Spray works for many different uses, from walls and mirrors to pots and pans. The spray works as well as similar name-brand sprays, at a reasonable cost to consumers.

Method Wood For Good Almond Surface Cleaner

Price: $5.00

Where To Buy: Target, Babies R Us, Whole Foods Market or MethodHome.com

A natural wood cleaner with no waxy build-up? Method has created this spray to enhance the beauty of your wood without creating a harmful waxy build-up. Made with purified water, Omega-9 fatty acids, glycerin and fragrant oils, it conditions your beautiful wood surfaces without introducing toxic fumes into your homes.

Sun & Earth Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

Price: $5.49

Where To Buy: online

Now, there’s even a biodegradable automatic dish detergent. After all, after washing our dishes, that detergent ends up directly in our water supply. Finding an all-natural detergent that won’t leave toxins behind for that purpose just makes sense. This dish detergent comes in packs to avoid the mess of measuring detergent and is safe for all septic systems.

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10 Affordable Christmas Gifts for Massage Lovers

A trip to the spa is a lavish Christmas gift that may be a little beyond your budget. These affordable massage products mean you can give that special someone the gift of relaxation without paying a premium price. Best of all, these products make it easy to enjoy a mini massage or luxurious spa treatment despite a busy holiday schedule.

Peppermint Foot Lotion
Peppermint is not just for candy canes this Christmas. Thick, moisturizing lotion contains peppermint oil making it perfect for a luxurious spa treatment at home. The peppermint fragrance works like a mini aromatherapy treatment. The tingly feeling has a massaging effect as it invigorates and soothes dry, tired feet.

Yves Rocher Lavande Essentielle Icy Gel
Similar to the peppermint lotion, this thin gel cools tired feet and calves. The purple gel contains peppermint essential oil tempered with a fragrant burst of lavender oil. It is easy to apply and a little goes a long way, making this an affordable Christmas gift.

Shop around the Yves Rocher website because they frequently offer gifts with purchase. Interestingly, buying a gift set is sometimes cheaper than buying a single item.

Massaging Pillow
Reasonably priced at around $10, the Homedics portable massage pillow is great for Christmas road trips. The small size makes it easy to use this pillow around the house or at the desk.

Rolling Massagers
These manual massagers have plastic prongs that glide across achy back muscles and relieve tension. They are available in a variety of styles. Bath and Body Works has cute designs, such as a red star, that make fun Christmas stocking stuffers for less than $5.

Three-in-One Soy Candle, Moisturizer and Massage Oil
These small, fragrant candles melt into warm massage oil as they burn. Some brands include a small scoop or spoon so you can remove a bit without burning the candle. Rub it between your hands and it melts into a moisturizer.

These candles are available at several price points. Last Christmas, Sally Beauty Supply had Spa Scents candles in a variety of fragrances for less than $10. Victoria’s Secret Booty Parlor line includes two 7-ounce massage candles, sandalwood vanilla and chocolate cinnamon, for around $40 each.

Nubby Bar Soap
Oversize textured bar soap makes it easy to soothe an achy back or legs in the shower. This is another massage product that comes in a range of prices. An 11.1-ounce bar of soap costs around $20 at Bliss.

Massaging Slippers
Human-powered textured shoes have massaging nubs all over the sole. The footbed massages feet as you walk. Avon’s SpaFinder brand slippers are $12.

Homedics makes battery-operated massaging slippers. The plush slippers come in a neutral brown, black or feminine pink. Homedics massaging slippers cost between $20 and $30 and are available at some drug stores and discount retailers.

Check the Homedics website for additional styles including booties and a foot massage pillow.

Hand Balm or Cream
A hand massage is an easy spa treatment you can do for yourself or someone else. Keep wind chapped hands and cracked cuticles away by applying the moisturizer.

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème costs less than $10 and is available online and in stores such as Walgreen’s and Target.

SpaFinder Massaging Spa Pedicure
This clearance item probably will not be available for long because it is only $3.49 at Avon.com. This simple product consists of a strap with handles. One side of the strap has massaging nubs and the other works as a buffer.

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10 Alternatives to Decorative Easter Grass

Easter grass can be such a pain to clean up. Not only does it get everywhere, but it can be hard to find single strands of Easter grass on your carpet. It can pose a safety issue with young tots and babies as well. If you are in search for an alternative to Easter grass, I have 10 different alternatives to share with you.

Easter Grass Alternative #1: Shredded Paper

One sensible alternative to Easter grass is shredded paper. You can make shredded paper from old artwork, tissue paper leftover from gift bags or gift boxes, or saved wrapping paper. Using a variety of papers in a variety of colors would make an interesting presentation for your Easter basket.

Easter Grass Alternative #2: Peanuts

No, I’m not talking about the kind of peanuts that you eat, but the kind that you pack with. Those foamy little packing peanuts would make a nice soft bed for your Easter basket items. You can usually find these foam peanuts in green and white to add a bit of contrast to your basket.

Easter Grass Alternative #3: Beaded Necklaces

Beaded necklaces are easy to come by and make great alternatives to Easter grass. Not only is it a great substitute for Easter grass but they make great gifts for Easter as well. After Easter is over your kids can wear the beaded necklaces as part of dress up fun.

Easter Grass Alternative #4: Hand Towels

Retail stores such as Target or Wal-Mart usually carry hand towels decorated in an Easter theme. These towels can be perfect for lining your child’s Easter basket without worrying about creating a mess. This idea is very practical, not only for being mess free, but your child can hang the hand towels in your child’s bathroom during spring.

Easter Grass Alternative #5: Edible Easter Grass

A tasty alternative to traditional Easter grass is the edible Easter grass. You can find packages of edible grass through various sites on the internet. Oriental Trading Company will sell you one dozen for just $10.95. For more information, click here.

Easter Grass Alternative #6: Floral Foam

Instead of stuffing your Easter basket with plastic grass you can stuff it with floral foam instead. You can cut the floral foam to fit your Easter basket to help prop up your Easter goodies. This can be a great way to make the Easter basket appear fuller without spending a lot of money. Not to mention that you could always reuse the floral foam for craft projects.

Easter Grass Alternative #7: Raffia

Crafters can choose to use raffia in place of plastic Easter grass in their baskets. The best part is that the raffia can be used for craft projects after Easter is over. Using materials that can be recycled and used in crafts is a great idea for your Easter basket and the environment.

Easter Grass Alternative #8: Fabric Napkins

Just like with the Easter hand towels, fabric napkins can also make a great alternative to plastic grass in your Easter basket. You may already have fabric napkins in spring colors around your home making this a cheap alternative as well.

Easter Grass Alternative #9: Yarn

Another crafty alternative to plastic Easter grass is yarn. You can unravel a ball of yarn to fill your Easter basket and then rewrap it to use again later. If you are an avid knitter you can save the scrap pieces of yarn that you have left over after knitting an item and use them in your Easter basket. Because Easter falls in the spring, just after winter, you are bound to have many extra scraps of yarn to fill your baskets with.

Easter Grass Alternative #10: Pajamas

I’ve often heard of parents who give their children a new set of pajamas as a gift for Christmas. This same idea would be great when used for Easter as well. Since spring usually brings with it warmer temperatures it will soon be time to pack away the warm flannel winter pajamas. You can purchase warm weathered pajamas, such as dresses or shorts sets, and use them as a padded liner for your child’s Easter basket in place of the plastic grass. These pajamas can be worn as the weather becomes increasing warmer making it a practical alternative to Easter grass.

Next Easter skip out on buying the cheap plastic grass that will cling to your carpet and give you a headache. Instead you can use one of these ten practical and creative alternatives to fill your Easter baskets with and save yourself the hassle.

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10 Apps That Don't Exist Yet But Should

I love my iPhone. I love it so much, in fact, that I’ve spent countless hours (and dollars) perusing the app store in search of great apps. I am a self-proclaimed app-oholic, and as such, I can readily identify the areas in which apps are lacking. Sure, we’ve all heard the popular mantra: “there’s an app for that.” But what about when there’s not an app for that? I’ll spare you the comedic bits, like an app that turns your phone into a coffee maker or one that automatically sends your mother to voicemail. In all seriousness, here’s my list of 10 apps I wish they’d create.

1. Store Layout Recognizer: I have to admit, I sort of suckled this idea from my boyfriend, but it’s great nonetheless. Have you ever ventured to an unfamiliar grocery store or an out of town Wal-Mart and had no idea where anything was? I know I have. This app would conveniently save a database of store layouts and using the nifty GPS tracking, would automatically display the layout of the store. Ok, so I can’t exactly explain how this app would be created, but that’s not my job. I’m just the idea generator.

2. Tablet with Text Recognition: With so many apps that allow you to draw with your fingers, you’d think that the iPhone would be capable of performing a function like the tablet PCs of the early 2000s. Sometimes I just crave that pen to paper- or in this case, finger to screen- sensation.

3. Radar Detector: This would just be awesome. If my phone can receive and decode hundreds of scrambled messages out of thin air to display a text message, I should think it could do something as simple as detecting a police radar.

4. Talk to Text: can someone tell me why my old phone, an early edition Sony Ericson, had this capability while my brand new iPhone 4 does not? With all the recently implemented text bans, this would be a great app to have in the car. Am I right or am I right?

5. Find My iPhone/GPS Locater: this is an app deficiency that hits close to home. Earlier this year, I had my iPhone3gs stolen. “Relax”, I told myself, “there has to be a way to track this phone…it has GPS!” Sure, there’s a way to track your phone: if you pay $99 a year for a MobileMe subscription. MobileMe is a service provided by Apple that allows you to sync all your devices over the web. Additionally, it has a function called “Find My iPhone.” Seriously? As if the $300 I dropped on the phone itself wasn’t enough, I have to pay $99 a year just so I can have my phone tracked if it’s stolen? There is clearly the technology to support this without the steep cost. I bet if I were the president, they’d have found my phone before I even reported it missing. Jerks.

6. Flash Player (or an app that converts flash files to whatever the iPhone supports): It’s about time. Enough said.

7. Fingerprint Security: I suppose this goes hand in hand- at least for me- with the Find My iPhone app. Sure, it won’t stop someone from stealing your phone, but it would certainly stop them from using it or getting your information. Jokes on you, pal.

8. Shazam (for other things): Shazam is great. I love hearing an unfamiliar song on the radio and holding my phone to the speakers for track identification. But I want more. I want Shazam for other things. Like a Shazam type app that identifies what T.V. show is on, or what painting you’re looking at and the artist who rendered it. While I’m at it, how about an identification feature that can list the exact recipe of a delicious dish? Yum….

9. Voice Search: While the iPhone does have the voice control feature, it doesn’t do much above and beyond what that of any other phone with voice control does: it makes calls, it will start playing your iPod with a simple command, and it can identify the song that is currently playing on your phone (Not sure why this is necessary since you can look down and see for yourself, but I digress). Voice search would allow you to simply ask questions into your phone. For example, you could ask: “Where is the closest gas station?” and a pleasant voice would promptly answer “at the corner of x and y.” Wouldn’t that be smart, smart phone?

10. Mood Detector: Ok, so I know I said I’d spare the comedic bits, but come on, you know it’d be awesome if you could know your wife’s mood before you asked her if you could have the guys over to watch the game. Just saying.

So there you have it. Ten great app ideas that just need cultivated. They may not exist yet, but when they do, I’ll be busy downloading them all.

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10 Awesome Bible Verses About God's Love

The Bible is an awesome source of encouragement and inspiration. A Christian that is feeling down can search the scriptures for an attitude change. One of the most inspiring and uplifting subjects in the Bible is God’s love for us which he demonstrated by sending Jesus to die for our sins. I pray these ten Bible Verses will lift you today. If you are doing a Bible Study on this topic, try to memorize these scriptures and let God’s love shine through you. Feel free to use these Bible passages for a small group or Sunday school study or devotional. Please add any other Bible Verses about God’s love to the comments so this may become a greater resource for others who find it.

10 Awesome Bible Verses About God’s Love

God Sent Jesus

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

1 John 4:9-12

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
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Nothing can separate us from the Love of God

Romans 8:37-39

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are Crucified in Christ

Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.

Bible Verses showing God’s Love for Us

Psalm 37:28

For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever; But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

Proverbs 8:17

“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me
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Deuteronomy 7:9

“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments
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1 John 3:1

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

I pray these Bible Verses about God’s Love will find a way into your heart.

Source:

New American Standard Bible

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