Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Review of Fritos Honey BBQ Flavor Twists

I am a big fan of many Frito Lay brand snacks. When I came across a bag of Fritos Honey BBQ Flavor Twists, I was intrigued. These looked so good. I decided to purchase them, try them out and write an unbiased product review all about my experience with them. Here is what I discovered!

I bought a large bag of Fritos Honey BBQ Flavor Twists for three dollars and forty-nine cents. That was a bit pricey, as snacks go, but, I do love many Frito Lay snacks, so the investment was worth it, to me. Each bag has eleven servings in it, not a bad snack deal, as it turns out. These twists are a bit special. They are twisted chips, in a thin spiral mode, with BBQ flavor and honey taste on them. I do love honey BBQ flavored snacks, so I could not wait to taste these. These are actually fairly low in saturated fat and that fact did surprise me. They are also cholesterol free. No way! Way! An intriguing snack, for sure.

When I tasted Fritos Honey BBQ Flavor Twists, I just loved them. They are thin, crispy, spiral twists of honey barbecue flavor bliss. This snack rocks. It is delicious. Lots of crispy crunch, plenty of barbecue honey taste and that trade mark Frito Lays quality. Rich and totally satisfying. These twists are great with dip or alone. They complement many meals, from hamburgers, hot dogs and BBQ sandwiches to mac and cheese, not to mention barbecue chicken. These twists are wonderful and creative. A fun snack, for sure! I rate them five stars out of five stars. I will be buying these again. All that tried them at my house loved them. I must agree. They are yummy.

One serving has 150 calories in it. 80 of those calories come from fat. One serving has 9 grams of total fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, not bad, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 mg’s of cholesterol, yay, 180 mg’s of sodium, 60 mg’s of potassium, 16 grams of total carbs, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugars and 2 grams of protein. This snack has small amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus. The great honey BBQ seasoning makes this snack special and so good. It is a crunchy treat. Anytime. These are addictive. Deliciously so.

I enjoyed trying Fritos Honey BBQ Flavor Twists and writing this product review about them. This snack is fun to eat and makes a fast ready to serve chip choice for those who love that honey barbecue taste. For more information about this and other Frito Lay snacks, you can visit the website. Yes, this snack is a true winner. I loved it! Your guests will like. I highly recommend this one.

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5 Ways a Savings Account Will Better Your Life

It’s age-old advice passed down from our grandparents to our parents and then on to us. Building a savings account is something we hear in every personal finance seminar and class. Even though we know it’s something that we should do, getting savings together often never makes it to the top of our list of financial priorities. Perhaps it would be easier to get our savings accounts added to our “To-Do’s” if we knew just how much that emergency savings account can positively impact our personal well-being.

If you are having difficulty seeing how much you are giving up by not building and maintaining a savings account, here is a list of 5 ways savings can benefit you:

Change How You See Pay Day

A country famous for its excess, in the last 50 years we have become used to living from one paycheck to the next; spending our money just as fast as we earn it. Getting into a financial bind monthly, or sometimes weekly, puts a lot of strain on us as the bills roll in. With the convenience of credit cards and other lines of credit, having a savings account to help keep us afloat between paychecks may not seem like a big deal, but you’d be surprised at how freeing it is to not worry about when your next check hits the bank.

Build Your Financial Self-Confidence

Setting and meeting your savings goals will bolster your self-confidence and help to prepare you to handle future financial hurdles with a level head. Unsure of how you’re going to handle paying down student loans, walk away from credit cards and stop the habit of taking cash advances? Building savings is the first step to meeting any of a variety of financial goals, and the closer your bank account gets to meeting your next savings goal the more you’ll feel like you can accomplish anything that comes up.

Remove the Stress of Repairs

It always seems like the car breaks down, the heater goes out or one of the kids comes home wanting to enroll in a new activity the day after we spend our last $20. Building a hefty savings account not only keeps you from the stress of making it to your next paycheck, but it will also keep you from having to make a choice between a new alternator and a trip to the grocery store.

Affording the Finer Things

Did you know that having savings stashed away can help you to get a bigger mortgage, a better interest rate on a car loan and negotiate better prices on other high-ticket items? Well, it’s true. Not only does a savings account give you the ability to put a hefty down-payment down on major purchases, but it also gives you the bargaining power you need to get the best prices possible and helps you to have liquid collateral to borrow against.

Increase Your Ability to Help Others

Building a savings account isn’t just good for you, but it can put you in a position to help others as well. Having the ability to help out a family member going through hard times, have enough money set aside to donate to kid’s school fundraisers and purchase gifts for birthdays and the holidays will help to make you feel good about giving to others. Being able to shop for, give to and help others without the stress of worrying about where the money’s coming from will allow you to enjoy the full rewards of helping others.

There are dozens of other ways that having a savings account will help you to move forward in life with pride and self-assurance. The most important thing to know about starting a savings account is to simply get started. Whether you’re able to save $5 a month or $500, as you watch your savings grow you will soon realize the many financial opportunities and freedoms that having funds set aside will allow you to enjoy.

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Another One Bites the Dust: How I'm Going to Afford My Next Netbook

So here’s the thing. I am totally addicted to my Asus netbook. It’s the Eee PC Seashell series in basic black, of course . It’s tiny, portable, and very lightweight. It actually fits in my purse (or in the diaper bag, if necessary). And unfortunately, I’m already on my second one since I take it everywhere. As great as these cute little things are, they’re really not meant to last. As my IT friend says, they’re practically disposable. But since I already know that, I can start planning for my next one. I’m sure it won’t be long until its time to replace this netbook, too.

I did a lot of research when I bought my first netbook. I looked at price. I looked at features. I looked at expandability. And what I found is that they’re all pretty much the same. A netbook is like an industry standard – a paired down, teeny tiny laptop without a lot of bells and whistles and no CD ROM. But at around $250, its worth every penny to me. I have a powerful desktop that I can use for mega tasks like music recording and CD burning, and the netbook is perfect for writing, tweeting, and, of course, facebooking. It has enough memory to hold some pictures – about 135 gig, and I upgraded the RAM to 2 gigs so I wasn’t crashing it all the time. It’s enough computer for most of my work, so it’s perfectly suited for me and perfectly priced.

My first netbook had a screen issue. Red pixels showed up everywhere, and since my IT friends couldn’t fix it, I decided it was prudent just to take my tax return and buy a new one. I gave the old one to my four year old son to play with since it wasn’t usable. Naturally, he banged it down on the coffee table, and that got rid of most of the red pixels. So now my four year old has his own netbook, and I have mine. Life is good!

I want life to keep being good, so I’m already thinking about my next one. I know I won’t be getting a tax return this year, so I have to be a little creative. I’ll probably save for two months to buy my new netbook, so I need to save $125 a month, or around $41 a week. Well, I have a bad habit of hitting Dunkin’ Donuts for a daily mocha latte, which runs me about $3.50 each. If I use my Keurig at home to make my own coffee at $.50 a cup, I’ve saved $3 a day, or around $90 for the month. It doesn’t sound like much, but it really adds up. I’m on the go a lot, so I end up hitting fast food joints for lunch far more than is healthy. If I skip two value meals a week and make myself a wrap instead, I can easily save the other $35 a month and probably more. I might even be able to save enough to spring for an external CD ROM drive or a power adapter for my mini-van. My netbook budget will be pleased. And I’m pretty sure my waistline won’t be complaining, either.

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5 Tips for Managing Your First Credit Card

Getting your very first credit card in the mail is an exhilarating time for most people. It’s just one more sign that you are independent and can handle your own finances. Unfortunately, many young adults don’t have the experience to manage their first credit card properly. This can result in damage to your credit rating for the next several years. Here are five ways to manage your first credit card wisely:

Don’t get in over your head.

Credit card companies love new customers. They know that, statistically, once you accept their offer of a shiny new card, you will likely be a customer for life. You may find yourself applying for a $500 card and ending up with a $1,500 one. Once again, statistics are on the side of the card company. The vast majority of people who get cards with a higher limit than what they applied for keep it. Most of them will end up with interest payments on balances higher than the limit they applied for. Call the company and keep your credit limit at what you feel is manageable.

Manage balances meticulously.

A credit card is like a bank account in reverse. During the month, the balance builds up and, at the end of the month, you pay off that balance. The credit card companies don’t want you to pay off the balance. They would prefer that you only pay the minimum required and pay interest on the rest. If you are a smart credit card user, however, you will monitor the total amount charged on your card during the month and be ready to pay it off when the statement comes in.

Reconcile monthly credit card statements.

One of the most common ways that credit cards get abused by thieves is to charge relatively small amounts to the card regularly. This often doesn’t get noticed by those card holders who never open their credit card statements at the end of the month and review the transactions. Make sure that you know the origins of each and every transaction on your statement and have credit card receipts to back up each one.

Pay before the due date every month.

If you allow credit card payments to be 30 or more days late, it can affect your credit rating for the next several years of your life. Keep on top of your payments and make sure that they are made at least a few days before the official due date. Keeping your credit card history current is the one of the best ways to manage your financial future.

Decline offers of future credit cards.

Once you have your first credit card, you will begin to feel like a rock star. It will seem as if credit card companies are fighting over your business- and they are. The company that just issued you your first credit card likely sold your contact information to every other credit card company in the country. You will receive many offers. Decline them all and stick with one card. Juggling multiple cards only increases the chances that you will drop the ball on at least one of them.

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Buying Home Insurance: 5 Dangers to Avoid

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5 Reasons to Buy the Nokia Astound Symbian Smartphone

The Nokia Astound is a stylish and affordable budget phone available on the T-Mobile network, but although the Nokia Astound is a low-priced smartphone it is packed with lots of great features that will surely leave you “astounded”.


Let’s face it; the best part about owning a budget smartphone is saving more than a few bucks on a smartphone. At only $49.99, T-Mobile has made buying the Nokia Astound a no-brainer and with the great features that’s packed in this low priced phone, $49.99 is a steal. There are lots of other smartphones that don’t do half of what the Nokia Astound offers, but cost more than twice the Nokia Astound’s price.

Sleek and Slim Design

One of the first things that you’re bound to notice about the Nokia Astound Symbian smartphone is its unique, slim, and lightweight design. The Nokia Astound features a minimalistic and aesthetically appealing white and black design and sport several function buttons and a vibrant touchscreen. Although the Nokia Astound is a budget smartphone its design makes it look like a smartphone that cost you way more than it did.

HD Photo and Video Recording

Budget cell phones and smartphones usually have low-end 2 and 3 megapixel (and sometimes even lower), but not the Nokia Astound. This $49.99 Symbian smartphone is equipped to take high quality still photos and capture HD videos with an inbuilt 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera, and the ability to capture 720p HD quality video. In addition to providing excellent video and image capturing, the Nokia Astound also features a photo editor, allows Geotagging, has auto orientation filters, and makes managing your images and videos easy with an inbuilt photo manager.

Great Battery Life

No matter how great a smartphone is, the fun will only last as long as the phone’s battery can hold up. The Nokia Astound features a 1200 mAh battery that allows up to 9 hours of talk time, 6.5 hours of video playback, 54 hours of music playback time, and 555 hours of standby time.

Excellent Hardware

Not only does the Nokia Astound feature an excellent 1200 mAh battery, but it also boasts a 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, 256 MB of RAM, 8 GB of storage (expandable to 40 GB), an 8 GB camera, and dedicated gaming graphics. While lots of other smartphones on the market are capable of trumping the Nokia Astound’s hardware specs, for only $49.99, the Nokia Astound can’t be beat.

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An Affair to Remember? Read the Juicy Details

Imagine a meadow filled with perfect-smelling wildflowers, warm autumn breezes and never-ending sunshine. That is first love. It is warm, inviting, amazing, nothing-beats-this-feeling type of love. If you have been blessed to experience this type of spine-tingling craziness, you’re one of the lucky ones. I was one of the lucky ones.

She was perfect for me in every way at the time when I met her. I considered her my best friend and soul mate. Her love was like a comforting hot blanket in the middle of the icy winter that sometimes bestows us in life. Within her eyes I found my center. The yoga moves of love were steady, calm and beautiful. It was a love that both enriched my life for the better and made it hard to breathe. I cried tears of happiness far more than I did tears of sadness within our almost seven years together.

Traveling was a very big pastime we shared and enjoyed. Photos lined our memory books and scrapbooks became full of happy images and once-in-a-lifetime moments. While so many things changed over the seven years we were in each others’ lives, the one thing that stayed the same was our love. That was the one constant factor I could always rely on. I became very used to that feeling of oneness and, although I was blessed to have such a fulfilling relationship, I felt extremely alone when it was over.

There is one thing I left out. She was married when I met her. We were friends and it developed into more in a very organic way. I never planned to get involved with a married woman. Who does? Regardless, I was involved and it felt too amazing to pass up. I was also young and there were over 15 years between the two of us. Not that it makes it her fault for being older or my fault for being younger. We both made the decision, non-verbally, to get involved with one another and that was something that we both would have to live with as the time grew colder and the sky began to fall on our proverbial “perfect lives”.

We spent nearly seven years in a relationship that was both incredibly rewarding and lackluster. The two of us became comfortable with the way things were going and never really talked about the few things that were not working out. Those small things became large and unbearable over time. Our communication that was once solid and round became lop-sided and no longer fit the mold we had co-created.

Our affair to remember is one that I will carry with me always. I was blessed to have known her in such a very intimate and spiritual way and that can never be replaced.

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AKC Announces the Most Popular Dog Overall, Ranks Breeds in Major U.S. Cities

The American Kennel Club has announced its list of the most popular dogs, and once again the Labrador retriever is number one. What is the second most popular dog breed? Who is at the bottom? Does your pup win your city’s overall popularity contest?

AKC Announces Most Popular Dog Breed

Based on dog registration statistics collected in 2010, the American Kennel Club reveals that — in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 — Labrador Retrievers are America’s most popular dogs. For the second year in a row, German Shepherds came in at number two; in 2005 they ranked fourth while in 2000 they sat at number three.

Following the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd is the Yorkshire Terrier in third place, Beagle in fourth, Golden Retriever in fifth, Bulldog in sixth, Boxer in seventh, Dachshund in eighth, Poodle in ninth and Shih Tzu in tenth places. At the bottom of the pack (rankings 163 through 167) are the Canaan Dog, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Harrier, American Foxhound and English Foxhound.

Notable Upsets in the Rankings

In 2010, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is ranked as being 88th on the list; this is a sizable improvement in popularity when compared to last year’s 101st place. Another great leap is achieved by the French Bulldog, which sat in 71st place in 2000 but climbed to 21st place in 2010.

Gradually climbing up the ranks among the most popular dog breeds is the Havanese. This dog was in 86th place in 2000 but sits at 31st place in 2010.

Miniature Pinschers are losing ground. Ranked 40th in 2010, they were in 33rd place last year, 22nd in 2005 and 17th in 2000. The same holds true for Lhasa Apsos, which currently rank 62nd. In 2009 the dogs came in 54th, in 2005 they ranked 39th and in 2000 they held the 33rd place.

Most Popular Dogs by Major City

The AKC also publishes its 2010 figures by major cities. Even though Labrador Retrievers rank supreme on the national level, Los Angeles residents love a Bulldog. Detroit and Miami favor the German Shepherd, while New York City is enamored with the Yorkshire Terrier.

All other major cities – Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Long Island, Newark, Northern New Jersey, Orlando, Portland, Raleigh, San Francisco, Seattle and D.C. – were loyal to the Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog breed.


American Kennel Club: “AKC Dog Registration Statistics”
American Kennel Club: “Top Breeds in Major U.S. Cities”

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A Case Against Homeschooling Your Children (Despite the Success of Tim Tebow!)

Parents who homeschool their children are the strongest advocates for this form of education. I acknowledge their right to do so, and respect the time, effort, commitment and passion which fuels that decision.

Perhaps the best-known, and most current, ‘success story’ of a homeschooled student is that of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow, the son of evangelical Christian missionaries and the youngest of five children, was homeschooled by his parents. As a youngster, Tebow displayed prodigous talent on the football field. Under Florida law, he was allowed to participate in the sport at Neese High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, where he led the team to a state championship. Tebow was one of Florida’s most highly-recruited football prospects, despite – against great odds? – his homeschooled status. As Tebow enters his senior year at UF, he has racked up some pretty impressive sports statistics: the only sophomore to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy in the history of the award; quarterbacking the Gators to two national championships, and quite possibly, repeating both as a Heisman winner and the quarterback of yet another championship team.

His academic record is equally impressive: a 3.9 grade point average in his chosen field of study, Family and Community Sciences. (He may not be majoring in physics, chemical engineering, law or architecture, but a 3.9 GPA in any area of study really shouldn’t be dismissed.)

And, yet, I still have serious concerns – despite the success of Tim Tebow, or perhaps even because of it – about homeschooling your child.

My children graduated from both public and private high schools. (One of the private schools was a Roman Catholic high school.) We live in a town that boasts of a “prep school” mentality for its public schools, one which sends 97% of its high school graduates off to four-year colleges. Last year’s graduating class sent students off to M.I.T., Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Boston University, Brown, Cornell, Notre Dame, Smith, Haverford, Wake Forest, the Universities of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, to name literally just a few. The Catholic high school, while not as academically rigorous, was a wonderful, enriching experience overall for another of our children. We have also had three close families that we consider friends who homeschooled their children, and I draw upon their experiences as well as my own.

The doubts that I have regarding the long-term benefits of homeschooling are as follows. I welcome your rebuttal as to any points that I raise; my issues are sincere, genuine and based upon personal experiences.

1. The sense of isolation, both social and academic. Many parents homeschool their children based upon strong religious beliefs. They genuinely feel that public schooling would be detrimental to the spiritual well-being of their child. While I respect their beliefs, I feel that isolating a child based upon religious differences does injustice to the overall well-being of a child. In public schools, students are exposed to a wide variety of different cultures and religions. Schools no longer celebrate Christmas for the most part; generally, ‘winter holidays’ are the theme. So much can learned from those who are different from ourselves; they bring a rich bounty of centuries-old tradition to the proverbial table of education. My children – including the one who attended a Catholic school – met so many children whose faith and values were different – not better, not worse, just different – than our own. By having friends who were Muslim, Jewish, Evangelical, Baptist, Methodist, Hindu, so many new worlds were opened up to them. They learned about different cultures’ way of dress, dietary restrictions, beliefs in an after life, even acceptable ways of socializing. The value of exposing your child at an early age to people who are different from themselves not only enriches their life by contrast, it also prepares them at a later stage in life to be better and more well-rounded citizens of the nation and the world.

Insofar as academic isolation, I raise the concern that public schools have funding and facilities that are often far superior to what a parent is able to offer. State of the art labs, computer centers, music programs, art programs, are just the tip of the iceberg. Our high school has a functioning green house; it also has a renowned fine arts program, both for instrumental and vocal music as well as painting, mixed media and sculpture. Our parents’ association offers a program entitled “Arts Throughout The Ages”, which is a volunteer program in which trained parent-docents present different genres of “art” – painting, sculpture, silk screen, etc. – beginning with the first grade.

Programs such as Author Days are also highly valuable; well-regarded, carefully selected authors spend a day with students, reading from their works and answering childrens’ questions. At the high school level, published authors have also taken part in upper-level student writer workshops and seminars.

Another interesting layer to the diversity of education is the ability of public school students to take part in mock debate programs and model congresses, such as those offered at Harvard and Penn Universities. The same holds true for local, county and state science fairs and “invention conventions”. I know of families whose children have taken part in science fairs, and done very well. Having succeeded in one area does not a well-rounded education make, though. I doubt that many parents who homeschool their child can afford to ‘prep’ them and pay for their participation in model congress and debate programs – programs which are highly supported, at least in our town, and paid for by the Board of Education for its students.

Of course, field trips add another layer of enrichment to learning. it is not difficult to place a value on the importance of trips to museums, Broadway shows, plays, Colonial villages reenacted, and artisans’ cooperatives. The idea of going as a group enhances the experience, as each child brings home with them a different perspective on what they have seen, have learned, have a thirst to learn more. For many children, these school-sponsored trips provide what may be their only opportunity to have this type of cultural, enriching experience.

Growing up with people who are unlike yourself not only broadens your world, it also makes you better prepared as a world citizen. You have the competive edge of having dealt with a broad variety of societal differences and beliefs.

2. Physical well-being and health. In public schools, students have a wide array of sports from which they’re able to chose, if they chose. Homeschooled children do not have that option in many cases. The Tebow family, for instance, chose to reside in the state of Florida because Florida is one of those states that allows its homeschooled resident students to participate in public-school sports programs. My current home state of New Jersey does not. I have a friend who is homeschooling her third grade daughter, who came to this country by way of China. She constantly looks for ways in which to engage her daughter in physical activities, especially team programs. While our town boasts a very large and well-run recreation department, many, many states and towns do not afford this luxury. Being part of a team – whether it’s a Model Congress or a soccer team – builds character. It should be a natural part of a child’s progression through life. Learning how to adapt and deal with others in sports has so many benefits: a child learns fair play, a child learns the importance of exercise and good nutrition, of honing their skills off the field as well as on. This is particularly important for young girls, who continue to be overlooked even at the public school level when it comes to sports. Women need to know how to compete on the playing field as well as in the classroom and eventually the board room. Sports is the great equalizer. You may not be gifted in one area, but you learn, through trial and error, which sports suit you best. A child also learns at an early age the importance of continuing sports – and thus maintaining good health and exercise habits – throughout their life: golf, tennis, skiing, swimming are the first to come to mind.

While I respectfully regard the rights of a parent to homeschool their child, I also urge them to look outside the conventional box of this type of education, and seek out opportunities – either within their public school system or town – to broaden their child’s overall learning experience. Inclusion in education is a very good thing in and of itself.

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American Idol Top 9: Matt Giraud Frayed Around the Edges

In an effort to show that he’s more than just an R&B singer, Matt Giraud chose The Fray’s “You Found Me” to make his stand. The Fray is a great group and I applaud Matt for enjoying them but aside from singing quite a nice cover of “You Found Me,” he didn’t bring anything new to the song. What I learned, from this little exercise, is that I like my Matt with a side of soul.

When chastened by the judges for his song choice, Matt said “I love this song.” So Matt if you love The Fray, sing The Fray, but try very hard to put your mark on it. Your soulful voice is your style. Don’t fight it, embrace it and let it guide you. When you have an opportunity like this, download week, where everything is at your disposal, choose what’s going to show you to your best advantage. No one’s confused. We know you can sing and no one’s discounting your musical choices, but if we wanted to hear a song by The Fray we would download a song by The Fray. The fact that we’ve tuned in and are watching in droves means that you’ve got something or you’re doing something we like.

Matt has been near perfect since the “Viva La Vida” debacle. This turn of events is disheartening. However, it only represents a small step back for Matt. It shouldn’t be enough to get him ousted this week. Hopefully he has the good will of the voters to keep him in the competition.

The need to guard against being pigeon holed is understandable but in fighting so hard against it he stripped the music of the intrinsic value he brings to it. For future reference, if you get a chance to choose from thousands of songs , choose the one’s that show your voice and musical proficiency off to advantage. Once you’re famous you’ll have plenty of time to sing whatever you like.

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Abundantly - a Poetic Plea for a Closer Walk with the Savior

More of Jesus, less of me –
Flesh may die; I rise to Thee,
From this breath, eternally,
Living full, abundantly.

Stretch my perceptions, beyond what I see.
Build Your truthful Word in me,
That I may fade, as You may shine,
And I may become fully Thine.

More of Jesus, less of me –
Flesh may die; I rise to Thee,
From this breath, eternally,
Living full, abundantly.

I trust and follow; let me serve
The One who bore what I deserve,
The only Lord, who reigns o’er all.
I long to listen to His call.

More of Jesus, less of me –
Flesh may die; I rise to Thee,
From this breath, eternally,
Living full, abundantly.

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4 More Fast and Easy Projects Using Empty Mint Tins

Here are 4 more fun and easy project ideas using empty metal mint tins. Use these projects for yourself, or use them to make small gifts for friends and family.

Basic Preparation

Clean and dry tins may be spray painted, or covered with glue and paper. Next, place the tin on top of a piece of paper, fabric, or felt and trace around the bottom edge and cut out the rectangle. Brush fabric or all purpose white glue on the inside bottom of the tin and lay the fabric down on top of the glue and smooth out. Let dry.

Travel Jewelry Box

Cover a prepared tin with old maps, stamps, or travel pictures. Travel brochures have great photos that will make the cover beautiful. Cut a layer of stuffing or soft fabric and glue that down. Cut a piece of fabric almost three times the width of the box. Center the piece over the stuff and glue on top of the fabric or felt on top of the stuffing. This will make a padded, soft liner for your jewelry with two side flaps that fold over to hold your jewelry in place.

Mini Make-Up Kit

Decorate a prepared box with the design you like. Glue a small mirror to the inside of the top lid. Put a couple of folded tissues inside. Add a few cotton swabs wrapped in plastic wrap. Save a lipstick tube that is almost gone. There is still lipstick in the bottom. Use a cotton swab to apply the last bit of lipstick in a lipstick emergency. If you like to use the rose paper or face blotter paper, cut out a few to add to the bottom of the kit. A small tube of dark circle cover can be used to cover a small blemish. Some make companies give out single use samples of eye shadow. These can be added to complete the mini make-up kit.

Business Card holder

This is a handy gift for men and women, boys and girls of all ages. A box can be decorated to match any taste or interest. Business cards can be stored in one tidy place. Cards can be as simple as your first name and e-mail address. Fill with your own cards and this can also be used to store cards that are given to you.

Travel Word Game in a Box

Paint or decorate the tin with pictures of games or crossword puzzles cut out of a magazine. Put a handful of letter tiles in the box. Letters may be printed out in a large 1″ font and cut out in separate tiles. Print a few of each letter and make more of the vowels. Letters can be mixed up and turned over 10 at a time. Try and see how many words you can spell using just those tiles that are showing. This is a great way to pass time while waiting at a restaurant, while traveling or waiting in the car.

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3 Questions Viewers Are Asking on CBS "The Mentalist"

3 Questions Viewers are Asking on the CBS “The Mentalist”

Patrick Jane continues to pull in viewers on CBS, “The Mentalist”. He is funny, coy, and almost always right at predicting who is the murder. How does he doe it? Usually, by smart thinking, a cunning whit, and the ability to see things most of us overlook.

We live in a world of crime and murder. What we find on “The Mentalist”, is that Patrick Jane comes as a welcome surprise. Maybe we laugh when he laughs. Maybe we just think he’s a cutie. Maybe he is today’s Sherlock Holmes. Either way, this Patrick Jane is worth watching as you won’t be able to miss a show. It’s like a kid in the candy store. This is one show that will keep you asking questions and coming back for more.

Every viewer who watches “The Mentalist” can’t help but have questions about Jane, his family, and his CBI coworkers. Each month, we go go over a few questions that are lurking in our thoughts. Some answers are easier than others. Some will only come with time. Let’s dive into the makeup of “The Mentalist”.

Did Patrick’s wife know that he was psychic?

This relationship presents questions about his wife, his daughter, and his life. At the end of the day, how could she not know that he had an inability to see through people? If they loved each other as we’ve come to learn they did, she had to know something. It would take a special woman to fall in love with Patrick Jane. His wife was most definitely a special lady.

Whether his wife really knew that he was psychic bears the questions to whether he can read minds. What we know is that is has the ability to sleuth out details about people. He is very much a modern day Sherlock Holmes.

What is Patrick Jane’s car?

He drives a silver Citroen D6 21 or “Goddess”. No, this isn’t an important piece of information. Yet, this is one question that is simply for the pleasure of every car lover. Every time he pulls up, we all drool a little as his car is truly a sweet ride. His vehicle really adds to the atmosphere and his personality. He is as different and unique as he appears to be. This man is certainly not easy to figure out.

Why does Patrick Jane get away with so much?

We’ve heard the expression “Getting away with murder”. That is certainly what Patrick Jane does every time he goes out on a murder investigation. Instead of doing the murder, he solves it. Usually, in the most of unconventional ways possible. The question we must ask is, “Why?” Why does he get away with so much? The answer, I think, is that this man can solve murders. He’s good at what he does. His out-landish ways can be put up with because of the results: solved murders!

The Mentalist airs on CBS at 10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

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