Thursday, October 24, 2013

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10 Squid-Approved Tools To Check Out

Posted: 24 Oct 2013 07:33 AM PDT

Having the right tool available when you need it certainly makes any job easier. Here’s 10 terrific tool lenses to check out today.

Kreg Rip-Cut

1. Kreg Rip-Cut

Note: Woodworking involves tools that have shiny, toothy, sharp whirling things. Always plan cuts with a nod to what could potentially go wrong. Wear safety glasses and always use the safety gear you have between your ears! One of the toughest jobs for the…

My Experience with Yonanas Ice Cream Maker

2. My Experience with Yonanas Ice Cream Maker

Why I love The Yonanas I am interested in living a healthy lifestyle and I am trying to eliminate as much junk foods as I can from my diet. The summer is hot and ice cream is a tasty desert which is refreshing when the temperatures are high. After reading…

Why I LOVE Rachael Ray's 10-Piece Cookware Set

3. Why I LOVE Rachael Ray’s 10-Piece Cookware Set

As a work- at- home mom, I spend a great deal of my time in the kitchen. In fact, the only reason I often stop working is to cook. For this reason, I need a set of reliable pots and pans. Growing up in a family of cookers, I realize that the right pots and…

Don't Move My Kitchen Shears

4. Don’t Move My Kitchen Shears

You do not want to be caught moving my kitchen shears from their allotted drawer, or using them on anything other than their intended use; certainly don’t get caught cutting paper with them! Now, I am not a kitchen- commando or one who won’t let…

How Thin Do You Like Your Cheese Sliced?

5. How Thin Do You Like Your Cheese Sliced?

A trusty cheese slicer is one of those kitchen gadgets that I use most days. Accordingly, it saves me oodles of time, reduces food waste and keeps my family’s cholesterol levels in check. Fortunately, we are free of dairy allergies. Sadly though, our…

DIY Arts & Crafts: Is A Brad Nailer Right For You?

6. DIY Arts & Crafts: Is A Brad Nailer Right For You?

Think of the words ‘nail gun’ and it probably conjures up images of a burly construction worker wielding a massive, high- powered weapon for blasting spikes into large wood framed structures. While there was a time when nail guns were used mostly…

A Versatile Mobile Folding Cart for Home and Office

7. A Versatile Mobile Folding Cart for Home and Office

My Office Depot Brand Mobile Folding Cart carries more than my files from place to place. It does double- duty as a grocery carrier, too. When I moved from a one storey house to a second- floor apartment, I needed a way to haul the groceries from the parki…

Why Headlamps are Better than Flashlights

8. Why Headlamps are Better than Flashlights

I have a cabinet full of flashlights that don’t get used, yet the headlamps in the drawer seem to be in demand all the time. Why is that? I can tell you one good reason, we have two hands, not three. Ever try carrying a bucket of water out to the hors…

Diablo Rotary Tattoo Machine

9. Diablo Rotary Tattoo Machine

What do you get your soul- mate for a gift? I wasn’t sure of the answer to that but I did know mine happened to be a tattoo artist and I happen to be one of those people who likes to buy ‘necessary’ gifts (for work or home). I tried to look…

The Swiss Army Knife: A Tool You Can't Live WithOut

10. The Swiss Army Knife: A Tool You Can’t Live WithOut

Looking back my knife came right from the factory. I had a aunt and uncle living in Germany. They actually went and got me a knife directly from there. At first it was a nice thing to have. But as I grew older it became more and more useful to have around….

Meet RiaB, she’s a Giant Squid!

Posted: 24 Oct 2013 06:17 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 9.06.21 AMWhat is the single best piece of advice you’d give to everyone?

Don’t quit on your dreams, move away from your obstacles and live your life to its fullest. People tend to step away from that spark of inspiration in their youth that drove them to excellence.

When did you make the biggest difference?

I like to think that everyday I can make a difference in someone’s life. Today, that life might be mine. Yesterday, it was that person who needed a kind word. Tomorrow is still a few hours away.

Who had the most influence on your life?

My grandmother taught us that it was more important to play with the babies and smaller children than doing loads of spotless housekeeping. We still tended to our home but we had our memories of playing in the sandbox. Housework is thankless, childhood memories are priceless!

What was your greatest moment?

My greatest moment were when my kids were born.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I have always wanted to be an artist when I grow up. I am an artist now, but still debating the grown up part…

What did you admire most about your mother/father/parents?

My parents have kept their marriage together for over 50 years through opposition, a pack of 6 wild kids, and economic hardship. They are still in love after all this time and are a testament to that institution. Today they have a comfortable life and are still going strong.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Stay in school. I took my GED early, but have recently gone back to college. I wish I had some of those teaching with me today. It would have made a difference in where I wound up and the work I do.

Share something you learned at your day job that applies to life in general.

I have learned to expect the unexpected as my day is never the same. It helps to adapt quickly to changes around you.

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

I would say I am 120 years old mentally some days but still have the drive of a 25 year old, most of the time!

What is the one thing you'd most like to change about the world?

I would love for each and every child and dreamer in this world to be given the opportunity to pursue their talents and develop their skills.

Favorite Lens

How To Grow Cherry Tomatoes In Desert Climates

-RiaBGiant Squid on Squidoo

Day 9: $100 Challenge Winners

Posted: 24 Oct 2013 05:39 AM PDT

We’ve got 5 more winners today! Each of these lensmasters wins $100. I also wanted to say that the quality of lenses coming in it top notch. It’s very hard to pick just 5 each day. So great job RocketSquids and Giants! You all are rocking this challenge. There’s still 5 more days left so keep those great entries coming in.

The Big Bang Theory - Seasons 1-6

1. The Big Bang Theory – Seasons 1-6

A Modern Classic I don’t know why I didn’t pick up on The Big Bang Theory when it first appeared on our TV screens. I guess I don’t watch masses of television and maybe it was on at a ‘odd’ time for me. Friends at work mentioned it…

Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone

2. Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone

My favorite gadget is my smartphone. It the most amazing phone ever. Its the best little Android who remembers everything for me. I call it Sam; my favorite pet name actually. It keeps track of how to reach my friends and family, appointments, emails, my f…

The I Heart Trader Joe's Vegetarian Cookbook

3. The I Heart Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook

For Chanukah, my daughter asked for a copy of the I Heart Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook. Apparently, she and a friend spent a happy afternoon at the bookstore near her college campus, browsing books about cooking and crafts, and after studying a nu…

How To Make An Eggless Caesar Salad Dressing In Your Magic Bullet Mixer

4. How To Make An Eggless Caesar Salad Dressing In Your Magic Bullet Mixer

The Magic Bullet Blender is my most loved kitchen gadget that I use almost every single day and couldn’t imagine living without! Well, besides my coffee maker that is. It sits out on my kitchen counter and never ever gets put away. I even bought a cut…

Dune and the Dune Chronicles: Why You Should Read Them

5. Dune and the Dune Chronicles: Why You Should Read Them

Don’t think of the movie just now. Think of the book Dune and how it helped shape an era (the sixties) and how Frank Herbert’s craft in writing this science fiction series carries you through the ups and downs of vast empires and civilizations. I…

Lens of the Day: Classic Children’s Books By Leo Lionni

Posted: 24 Oct 2013 05:16 AM PDT

Squid Approved Scary Movies For Your Halloween Viewing Pleasure

Posted: 23 Oct 2013 09:35 AM PDT

As Halloween draws near, it’s time to get your evening activities in order. Perhaps you’d enjoy a scary movie or two? Here’s 5 of our newest squid approved movie reviews for your spooky viewing pleasure. Check them all out and if you’ve seen any of them already, feel free to share what you feel is their spookiness factor in the comments below.

An Interview with the Vampire

1. An Interview with the Vampire

I am a sucker for a good vampire movie and An Interview with the Vampire is a horror movie that I can watch again, and again and again! Remembering how good Anne Rice’s original book was, I went to the cinema with some trepidation when this came out s…

The Ring-My Honest Review

2. The Ring-My Honest Review

The Ring made me jump in my seat! It’s absolutely true. I went to the movies with a friend one evening to catch this flick called The Ring. I already knew the story from the original Japanese version but I was curious to see how it was redone in the U…

The Ghost and the Darkness: True story and the scariest movie I've ever seen

3. The Ghost and the Darkness: True story and the scariest movie I’ve ever seen

I saw this movie in the theaters in Fall of 1996 when I was a senior in high school. This amazing movie is incredible in so many ways, and it’s based on a true story that occurred in Kenya in 1898. The mighty British Empire at that time owned large po…

Rosemary's Baby

4. Rosemary’s Baby

‘Pray for Rosemary’s Baby. ‘ Of all the creepy movies in all the world the absolute creepiest is Rosemary’s Baby. The Sense of Dread There’s an awful sense of dread, of anticipatory horror, of some unthinkable danger that grabs you…

Carrie: A Taste For Terror

5. Carrie: A Taste For Terror

At the time of writing, the imminent release of an updated Carrie movie is on the minds of horror fans everywhere. Of course, this is not the first time that Stephen King’s novel has been brought to cinema screens. There was an updated version in 2002…

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