Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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Introducing KatiesCrochetGoodies

Posted: 31 Jul 2013 07:15 AM PDT

Today we’re pleased to introduce Katie, KatiesCrochetGoodies on Squidoo. She’s really hit the ground running, staying very busy creating some terrific lenses already (hint – they’re not all about crochet). I’ll let her tell you more about herself, then make sure you take time to visit her profile page to choose a few lenses to check out. You’ll be glad you did!

What brought you to Squidoo? I had never heard of Squidoo until my friend Michelle mentioned that she had been creating lenses for a few years, her Squidoo name is Michelle89. It seemed like a very interesting concept and I was intrigued. She mentioned that I would do well with a Squidoo account considering I love to craft and crochet. I figured I would give it a shot and started with my first lens the next day.

Your Squidoo name gives a hint at a couple of your favorite lens topics, crochet and crafting. Are there any surprise topics you have planned for future lenses? My Squidoo name originated from my Facebook Crochet page Katie’s Crochet Goodies. I share ideas on there so I figured it would be a great way to connect Squidoo and Facebook and get more traffic to my lenses. Two of my favorite things to do include crocheting and crafting. I also have my degree in Elementary Education and have a passion for creative ways to help students learn. I am just getting into sewing and have a feeling there will be lots of tutorials to come in all of those areas, and many more. I have a list of possible lens ideas which is constantly getting longer. I hope you will all keep an eye on my lenses.

What can Squidoo do for you? Squidoo is a great outlet for me to get all of my ideas and passions out there for everyone to enjoy. I see this as a challenge and can't wait for my first sale…I haven't gone a day without logging on! I think that will be a huge day to celebrate! J I love watching my points and levels increase and I am excited to see what is in store for me.

Lens of the Day: Climbing Mount Bierstadt

Posted: 31 Jul 2013 05:48 AM PDT

New “Back To School” Topics

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 05:26 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 2.17.16 PMThe kids are heading back to school and now is a great time to create a “Back to School” lens so we’ve added some topics under Parenting & Kids called Back to School with these sub sub topics:

Back to School Supplies

Back to School Activites

Back to School Clothes

Back to School Dorm Decor

Have fun!

RocketSquids: Celebrating Christmas in July

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 03:47 PM PDT

We wanted to get our RocketSquids in a seasonal lensmaking frame of mind, so last week’s assignment was to make a “Christmas in July” lens.

We all had a lot of fun with this assignment and wanted to share the results with you. Here are a few lenses to get you started. Visit the rest at this link.

P.S. Are you new to Squidoo? Have fewer than 25 lenses and want to master the basics? We’d love to have you join us on RocketSquids.  Click here to apply.

Christmas Music: New Traditions

1. Christmas Music: New Traditions

Above all else, for me Christmas means sharing and building and strengthening ties with people. And for me, in the work that I do, that means building community through music. Christmas music has always been some of my favourite music. I recall being so ex…

She's Hooked - on Mini Crochet Stockings as Christmas Gifts (Pattern)

2. She’s Hooked – on Mini Crochet Stockings as Christmas Gifts (Pattern)

Do you wish you could give homemade Christmas gifts to each of your students in school or Bible school class or to a group you are in but are unsure of what to make? If you know some crochet basics, you can easily make these cute little stockings in a rela…

Planning for Christmas in July

3. Planning for Christmas in July

Every year I tell myself, either right after Christmas or in July, I need to plan ahead so all my gift buying or crafting doesn’t happen all in one month. Not only can this be expensive, it is also crazy making and stressful. Years ago a friend of mine sho…

Christmas dinner ideas for a stress free day

4. Christmas dinner ideas for a stress free day

I have never enjoyed cooking for a big holiday like Christmas. It has always been a stressful day preparing dinner, making sure everything was just right, and waiting for the guest to arrive. I believe most of the stress came from my not being organized. P…

Tour a Gallery of Hawaiian Holiday Wreaths

5. Tour a Gallery of Hawaiian Holiday Wreaths

Travel back in time to Christmas 2006 on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Volcano Art Center Gallery is hosting its 7th annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Wander among unique Christmas wreaths created by Island artists and…

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Using the new score card to help you create new lenses.

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 01:18 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 4.25.07 PMA couple of weeks ago we released a new score card to help you gauge the quality of your lenses. A lot of people have been asking me how this “score” relates to brand new lenses. Meaning if a new lens scores a 100…is it really a good lens?

The answer is yes…with some explanation.

The purpose of the score card is to give you some key guidelines to follow. Things like keyword density, Amazon link limits and overall lens quality. Of course a computer review can’t always determine high quality but we’re pretty confidant that when all of the components on the score card are met you’ve got a good lens.

If you are a Giant Squid and create a brand new lens and it scores a 100 you’ve got a hit on your hands 99% of the time. The likely hood of a new Giant Squid lens being flagged, locked or warned with a score of 100 is pretty low. Our Giant Squids have been creating new lenses under the new quality standards for some time now and their work is top notch.

If you are a NOT Giant Squid (or fairly new) and create a brand new lens and it scores a 100 you’ve probably got a hit on your hands. Most of our newbies are creating some excellent work. If your lens does happened to get flagged by a hand reviewer you’ll probably be able to fix it pretty easily. Most newer Squids gets flagged because of thin content or excessive “ugly buttons” both of which can be easily fixed. If you have under 25 lenses please do join us in RocketSquids (our lensmaking university). You’ll learn the ropes, get some great tips and learn how to create quality lenses in a group setting. You can join RocketSquids right here. Many of our RocketSquid graduates go on to be Giant Squids.

BUT there are a few exceptions. If your lens contains a TOS violation like ’doorway’ lenses that exist solely to promote an affiliate program or a SquidDon’t like MLM, Gambling lenses, Downloading movies and commercial coloring pages your lens could get locked. However most lensmasters are unlikely to ever be in this situation.

Also keep in mind that if you edit your lens and you go below a score of 100 your lens could get flagged on publish.

The bottom line is that we WANT to keep your new lenses live and featured. The purpose of the score card is to give you a solid guide for quality and the new standards.

Here’s some quality lenses that we’re just published and scored a 100!

An Ex Pen For Your Dog
The Corvette Just Tuned 60
Paint Your Own Kids Banks
Concerts I’ve Attended

The Winning Lens from our Healthy Recipes GoodVeg Quest (and some runners up)

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 11:22 AM PDT

greenpopCongratulations to lensmaster BunnyFabulous for winning the most recent GoodVeg quest challenge. You can see her Kid-Friendly Green Popsicle Recipes lens featured as today’s Lens of the Day.

With all of the great lenses entered, this vote was the closest it’s ever been and there were a lot of truly yummy recipes entered so if you’re into vegetarian eating or simply just looking for something for a healthy meatless Monday, be sure to check them all out at GoodVeg Club Quest: Your Healthiest Veg Recipes.

Thank you to all who entered and voted!

Here’s a few of the luscious lenses to get your appetite going.


Best Potato Salad Recipes

1. Best Potato Salad Recipes

Potatoes have been around for a long time. A staple food that can be baked, grilled, fried, or mashed. And although I love potatoes that are prepared in all of those ways, my very favorite way to enjoy potatoes is in a good old fashioned potato salad. I re…

Caprese Pasta Salad in a Jar

2. Caprese Pasta Salad in a Jar

If you want to capture the taste of summer in a jar, try this easy and delicious recipe for Caprese pasta salad. It includes my favorite combination of basil, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Pack a couple of jars in a picnic lunch, and you are ready to enj…

Vegan Brownies To Die For

3. Vegan Brownies To Die For

I have always had a soft spot for delicious thick and gooey brownies that were made from the richest of chocolates. Well, with these brownies you can have all that I just described without having to worry about them being high in calories and fat. For you…

Kiwi Shortcakes a Dessert Recipe for Delicious and Nutritious Treats

4. Kiwi Shortcakes a Dessert Recipe for Delicious and Nutritious Treats

Kiwi shortcake is a delicious and nutritious dessert recipe I make for my family. have always loved shortcakes and my mother taught me how to bake them when I was very young. When we made them we usually topped them with strawberries. Now for my family I m…

Healthy & Easy Oven Baked Vegetables

5. Healthy & Easy Oven Baked Vegetables

I would like to share a very easy recipe for roasted vegetables. I have been making adaptations of this 9X13 vegetable casserole for 15+ years, and I want to give you a nice base to start off with. You can adapt this recipe to suit your own tastes; however…

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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A Few College Necessities

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 06:57 AM PDT

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

1. Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

There are many dorm room decorating ideas that can be done when the kids start college and while some focus on ‘chic, elegant and fun’, the main idea for many people is to make the room functional, with lots of space (even when there seems to be none) in a…

How to Manage Without Your Mom at College

2. How to Manage Without Your Mom at College

This is such an important step for a young adult. Before Mom tended to do everything for you – from making sure you got up on time, had your lunch and handed your homework in on time. Now you are on your own – but it is a great start to finally being an ad…

A Passion For Life - What College Can Offer

3. A Passion For Life – What College Can Offer

College is a great place to hone your skills, to increase your earning potential, and to validate your knowledge and interests. It is also the best place to learn more about you: how you respond under pressure, how you handle competition, how you multitask…

Lava Lamps - Choose Vintage

4. Lava Lamps – Choose Vintage

Stereo? Check. TV? Check. Lava lamp? If you don’t have a lava lamp for your dorm room yet, you need to get one today! But don’t just go out and buy just any lamp. Lava lamps are not all the same quality! They just aren’t made the way they used to be, so I…

Tuna Fish - Necessity for College

5. Tuna Fish – Necessity for College

Every college student MUST acquire or take a stack of cans of tuna fish to college. This is an absolute requirement! You simply cannot survive without it. It is cheap, nutritious, and you just have to have your daily ration of mercury, you know! Tuna fish…

Lens of the Day: Kid-Friendly Green Popsicle Recipes

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 05:35 AM PDT

The Winning Lens from Our Book Club Favorite Author Quest (and some runners up)

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 09:51 AM PDT

book club logoToday’s Lens of the Day, My Tribute to Ray Bradbury by lensmaster adragast was voted the winning lens from our most recent Squidoo Book Club Quest.

As usual, the Book Club members created some truly awesome and interesting lenses for this quest. We’ve featured a few of the runners up here but be sure to visit the quest lens, Squidoo Book Club Quest: Favorite Author, where you’ll find all of the entries. There’s a lot of great authors to read about there.

And if you love books and reading as much as we do, why not join the club?

Learn more HERE.


On the Wings of a Pig: John Steinbeck

1. On the Wings of a Pig: John Steinbeck

This reference to a pig is not intended to be derogatory: it is part of a motto John Steinbeck used throughout his adult life: Ad Astra Per Alia Porci – Latin for ‘To the stars on the wings of a pig. ‘ He was referring to himself: a ‘lumbering soul trying…

Stephen King, My Favorite Author

2. Stephen King, My Favorite Author

I read, a lot. Most people know that about me. When people ask me who my favorite author is, I never hesitate to give them the answer. My favorite author is Stephen King. Yep, that makes me feel a little cliche sometimes. As a reader of horror fiction it s…


3. How E. E. Cummings’ Poems Changed My Life

I guess I first read E. E. Cummings poems at the perfect, formative time in my life. His imagination got in my head in a way that nobody else ever could. He was just so free and loaded with passion and values. I think I learned more about how to write from…

Why Christopher Paolini is My Writing Inspiration

4. Why Christopher Paolini is My Writing Inspiration

Every writer needs inspiration, and I found mine in fantasy author Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisinger and Inheritance). Whether it be his life story or his home, he has helped me to become a better writer, while…

Shel Silverstein: More Than a Childen's Author

5. Shel Silverstein: More Than a Childen’s Author

About twelve years ago my oldest daughter brought home a book that changed the way I viewed the world. I have always loved poetry. I enjoyed reading it and writing it. Poe’s dark style appealed to the darker aspects of my nature and Plath’s comparison of h…

Monday, July 29, 2013

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Squidoo HQ

Introducing dancingdiva02

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 06:52 AM PDT

Meet Brittany, dancingdiva02 on Squidoo. She’s a college student, new to Squidoo but making herself at home quickly, spreading her cheerful style around the community and on her lenses. Have fun getting to know her better!

How did you find Squidoo? My dad (jemacb) found Squidoo somehow and encouraged my brother (trinimatt) and I to join to make a little extra money. My mom said I can use the money to buy sushi, which I’m super addicted to and I have sushi about once or twice a week when I’m away at college. So I joined and now ‘m loving it!

You’re doing a great job with your lenses – love your cheerful writing style! Any special topics you’re planning to write about in the near future? I have a couple ideas for new lenses, obviously I’ll enter challenges so I’ll be writing on those topics, but I’m also thinking about doing something about golf, and another review about a week in Trinidad.

What can Squidoo do for you? For me, squidoo isn’t entirely about making money. I enjoy writing and now I have a reason to write, and by me writing I think it’ll actually help me with school as it’ll make writing papers easier.

Lens of the Day: My Tribute to Ray Bradbury

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 05:42 AM PDT

IMMINENT! Water Highlight Reel

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 05:35 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-07-28 at 8.31.04 PMThis week the Giant Squids wrote about something that we all need…water! We’re so impressed with these creative, thoughtful and informative lenses about H2O.

Not only did these lenses win a ticket in the IMMINENT! raffle but we also added a bunch to the Squidoo home page.

Only Giant Squids get to participate in the IMMINENT! challenges. Not a Giant Squid yet? Don't miss out on the fun…check out the Giant Squid program right here.

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The Miracle of Water

1. The Miracle of Water

Water, the life giving necessity produced through a natural miracle, is not possible to humanly duplicate. Can you imagine getting through even one day without access to water? Are you prone to take its very existence for granted? Maybe we get into a rut a…

Behind the Dykes in Holland

2. Behind the Dykes in Holland

In my country, Holland or more officially The Netherlands, we have lived behind the dykes forever and ever. Half my country’s land is laying 1 – 7 meters below sea level and that’s a lot I can tell you. However the Dutch have become famous worldwide for bu…

Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge

3. Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge

Like most people, I enjoy the sights and sounds of a beautiful waterfall. There is something calming and relaxing about watching and listening to a cascade of water. With a vertical drop of about 270 feet, the power and beauty of Snoqualmie Falls makes it…

10 Wonderful Water Features Created by Nature

4. 10 Wonderful Water Features Created by Nature

When I spend time in the presence of natural landscapes I am always reminded that water features prominently as one of those essential, life- affirming tonics for body, mind and soul. Mother nature shows off her best at rugged coastlines, raging waterfalls…

How to brew a great cup of tea using a tea bag

5. How to brew a great cup of tea using a tea bag

If you are a confirmed tea drinker, you probably have your own favorite teas and your own way of making tea. In my kitchen, I have tins of loose leaf tea. I also have tins and packs of tea bags. I know that some purists prefer loose leaf teas. Other people…

Ogunquit Beach Maine

6. Ogunquit Beach Maine

Ogunquit is a town in York County Maine. It is mostly a summer resort whose nickname is ‘beautiful place by the sea. ‘ We have visited Ogunquit many times and really enjoyed the beautiful coastline and wonderful beach. One special attraction in Ogunquit is…

My Canoe Experience Is Not For Sale

7. My Canoe Experience Is Not For Sale

It is such fun to sit in a canoe for the first time and ‘sail out’ into the big waters. Everybody who is in love with canoing had that first experience. I’m going to tell you mine and hopefully you will enjoy it and learn something from it as well. If you…

How Safe is Your Drinking Water

8. How Safe is Your Drinking Water

Many of us assume that our drinking water is safe to drink. But how do you really know? Depending on where you live, you could be drinking city water or water that comes from a private well or a spring. There are obvious signs if your drinking water is con…

Denver Downtown Aquarium

9. Denver Downtown Aquarium

In landlocked Denver, Colorado we actually have a GREAT aquarium! Denver is my home, but yesterday was the first time I had visited it. My friend, Hally, was here from California and we decided to visit the Downtown Aquarium. This aquarium has a history of…

Good Bye, Swimming Pool!

10. Good Bye, Swimming Pool!

Our swimming pool was built in 1975 and over the years it has provided great entertainment for our daughter, our son, our grandson and all their friends. I have also thoroughly enjoyed it and taught many swimming lessons in it, held water aerobics classes,…

Maximize Your Swimming Pool Fun

11. Maximize Your Swimming Pool Fun

My family has owned a pool for 4 years and it is truly a blessing to be able to walk out the back door, cross the deck and enjoy swimming in the cool water on a hot summer day. However, as the season moves from June towards August, I find that each year, t…

Swimming with Wild Spinner Dolphins in Hawaii

12. Swimming with Wild Spinner Dolphins in Hawaii

Seeing wild spinner dolphins is an everyday occurence for those of us who work and play along the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Whether we’re swimming, snorkeling, or kayaking, they are out there in the warm Pacific with us, like friendly, inquis…

Adventures at the Vancouver Aquarium

13. Adventures at the Vancouver Aquarium

I had visited the Vancouver Aquarium as a child, but it was way more exciting to visit it in 2011 with my own children. We were on a six week visit with my parents in Canada and a trip to Vancouver was one of the highlights. My boys had never seen an aquar…

How to knock down wasp nests with water balloons

14. How to knock down wasp nests with water balloons

Where I live in Southern California, we have a species of paper wasp that makes these amazing nests with combs or chambers, somewhat like a honeycomb. The nests are made by them out of bits of wood or plant materials that they chew up and make into a type…

★ HOW TO Draw a Water Drop | Drawing Tutorial & Video Demos ★

15. ★ HOW TO Draw a Water Drop | Drawing Tutorial & Video Demos ★

Anyone who draws or paints will know that mastering the art of creating realistic water images is very difficult and requires different skills and techniques compared to drawing other objects and textures. Because water is transparent, it takes on whatever…

Flip Flop Cookies

16. Flip Flop Cookies

Summer fun is all about the beach for our family. Even when we’re not at the lake or seashore, we like to create treats inspired by our favorite times on and in the water. When we think good times, we think flip flops, sand, and surf. Making flip flop cook…

Bath Without Water

17. Bath Without Water

Well, would you? The fact of the matter is that some people are unable to bathe regularly. This is the story of a young entrepreneur who set out to find a solution. and it has the potential to save the health of millions of people! As a 17 year old student…

It's Raining Cats and Dogs - Or Is It

18. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs – Or Is It

Here’s a question to ponder; ‘What’s worse than raining cats and dogs? ‘ I’ll give you a moment to think about it . . . have you thought long enough? Here’s the answer; ‘Hailing taxicabs. ‘ Get it? Okay, right about now I’m imagining the sound of crickets….

Reflections of Venice: 48 Hours in the City of Water

19. Reflections of Venice: 48 Hours in the City of Water

That was the best advice we got before our visit to Venice. And now I’m passing that advice on to you, along with some other suggestions for making the most of your time in this fascinating city at the center of a lagoon. Our stay in Venice, though it was…

New York, City Made From Water

20. New York, City Made From Water

In history, New York was one of the first settled places in America and, according to the 1820 census, the first U. S. city to 100,000 population, a meager figure these days, now that the expanded city is home to 8,000,000, but important in the way it made…

Maui Beach Resort - A Marriott Vacation Club

21. Maui Beach Resort – A Marriott Vacation Club

Maui is a small island haven. You got to love the sun and water to get a full day of experience when on Maui. Another hint for your visit is: get in the car. We spent 5 days rolling on Hawaii highways and now we know what we would like to revisit, if we sh…

Rafting the South Fork of the American River

22. Rafting the South Fork of the American River

Whitewater rafting has long been on my bucket list, and this summer I finally got a chance to see what it was like when I won tickets for a trip down the South Fork of the American River near Sacramento. My son and I spent half a day running rapids with na…

The Fish Ladder is The Jewel of Seattle's Ballard Locks

23. The Fish Ladder is The Jewel of Seattle’s Ballard Locks

Meeting eye to eye with migrating fish at Seattle’s Ballard Locks (Hiram S. Chittenden Locks) Fish Ladder Viewing Windows is an occasion to treasure. And it happens all the time. We have visited the Locks Fish Ladder for as many years as I can remember. In…

Paddle Boats on the River

24. Paddle Boats on the River

In the middle of the river, you can get a different view of your favorite park. The ducks come up to your paddle boat looking for treats and dragonflies land on your head. At our park, you are limited to how far you can go in the paddle boats. You can’t ge…