Saturday, November 30, 2013

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Quest of the Day: Fun Fisher-Price Toys

Posted: 30 Nov 2013 05:55 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-11-30 at 8.53.59 AMFisher-Price has been making terrific preschool toys for years. I remember them from my own childhood, many moons ago, and they’re still making some of those toys today in an updated version which is fun. They’ve also got tons of innovative and educational new things for you to see.

Lens of the Day: The Dogs of My Life

Posted: 30 Nov 2013 05:09 AM PST

Friday, November 29, 2013

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How To Use Up Those Leftovers: 6 Helpful Recipes

Posted: 29 Nov 2013 07:14 AM PST

Filling and Comforting Turkey Casserole

1. Filling and Comforting Turkey Casserole

Turkey Comfort Casserole Many years ago, after I had given birth to my second son, a dear friend sent over a meal that could be frozen for later or eaten that night. It was indescribably delicious (I was a nursing mother, and my appetite was ravenous! ) an…

Turkey Pies- A Great Way To Use Leftovers

2. Turkey Pies- A Great Way To Use Leftovers

Little Turkey Pies make the day after Thanksgiving another awesome food day! Make sure you have a large enough turkey to have leftovers for making these special treats. I have included the basic recipe which is very delicious by itself, but the nice part i…

How To Make Chicken Stir Fry

3. How To Make Chicken Stir Fry

Quick and Easy Recipe Stir fried Chicken is one of the easiest and quickest ways to feed your family. It can be done in about 15 – 20 minutes, depending on how quickly you can chop the ingredients! Prepared on the hob, you only need 2 pans: one saucepan fo…

Using leftovers from Thanksgiving how about Turkey Salad Croissants

4. Using leftovers from Thanksgiving how about Turkey Salad Croissants

What a treat anytime of year I love Chicken salad Croissants but what about using leftover turkey in place of the chicken, it tastes the same and is a great way to have something different for lunch or dinner. You could have them on your leftover rolls or…

Homemade Leftover Turkey Dinner Dog Biscuits

5. Homemade Leftover Turkey Dinner Dog Biscuits

Treat Your Dogs To A Woofilicious Turkey Dinner Made With An Extra Serving Of Love Are you wondering what to do with all the leftovers from your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner? You can only eat so many turkey sandwiches and bowls of turkey soup be…

Turkey Avocado Layered Salad

6. Turkey Avocado Layered Salad

I love how the flavors of turkey, bacon, and avocado complement one another. Although you’ll often find this tasty trio in sandwiches, I pull the ingredients together into a layered salad, to cut down on the carbs. I’ll make this salad year- roun…

Cool Country Music Lenses

Posted: 29 Nov 2013 07:08 AM PST

If you’re a little bit more country than rock and roll, you’re going to love reading the following reviews.

Just Fearless - The amazing Taylor Swift

1. Just Fearless – The amazing Taylor Swift

I first saw Taylor Swift on some You Tube video a buddy sent me. ‘You gotta see this young chick. ‘ Long before the fame and the glory and the VMA glamour turned her into the big superstar we know there was this honest- to- goodness teen talent….

Drinks After Work by Toby Keith

2. Drinks After Work by Toby Keith

I’m truly excited about Toby Keith’s latest album Drinks After Work. It’s amazing this is his 19th studio album. He also has holiday and compilations albums. I absolutely love the song. It’s very catchy and who doesn’t need a drink…

Love Has Come For You: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

3. Love Has Come For You: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

If you have read any of my other posts, you probably already know how much I love Steve Martin, so you can imagine how happy I was to hear he had a new album coming out. BUT, when I found out Edie was writing the lyrics for these tunes, I was OVER THE MOON…

Tim McGraw - Turns Out I Like Country

4. Tim McGraw – Turns Out I Like Country

I always thought that I didn’t like country music. Then I saw the name Tim McGraw, and said to myself: ‘Hey, don’t I know that name from somewhere? ‘ Four hours later, it hit me. A very long time ago I used to play a certain song over a…

Hayseed Dixie: Country music for the headbanger

5. Hayseed Dixie: Country music for the headbanger

Music should be fun – and it is when it’s Hayseed Dixie You know how people ask you what type of music you like? I always used to tell them that my musical tastes are far and wide – from Sinatra to Segovia, from the Sex Pistols to Sandoval. But there…

Sweet Home Alabama

6. Sweet Home Alabama

The all time best. If it is dancing, driving, or just in the background. these tapes did not last. Then the cd’s came out and they were better but still eventually got scratched. I have listened to the songs so much that when I hear the first 2 notes…

How to Tell a Story in a Lens

Posted: 29 Nov 2013 06:00 AM PST

3088582622_5dd16c9d16Do you admire some of the great lenses on Squidoo that use engaging, easy to understand content that pull you in and leave you craving for more? Do you enjoy being taken on a journey with a great story? I know I do. A lens is a great way to share stories no matter your level of writing ability.

Perhaps you want to create a lens like this but aren’t sure how to start. That’s great! I’m here to tell you that storytelling isn’t difficult but to tell a story well requires a little bit of know-how.

Today I want to share some information and encouragement for anyone looking to tell a story in a lens. First things first:

1. Know where you’re going

The first thing you should do is choose where you’ll end the story your lens will tell. (Unless, like Scheherazade, you plan on leaving your reader waiting for more!) It’s important to know where your story is headed, that way you can be sure to make all the right stops along the way. Not sure what the right stops are? Check out this great info-graphic - it’s based on this TED talk from Pixar writer/director Andrew Stanton. As you can see in the info-graphic, it’s important to involve different elements in your story for the maximum impact and engagement with your readers.

2. Make it multi-media

The flexibility that you have with the lens format encourages creating a multimedia experience – a selection of carefully curated photos or an instrumental song shared in a video module for some great “background music” or whatever your story requires. You should consider using a variety of different modules to highlight the important information contained in your story. Try the “Callout” and “Quote” modules as a way to highlight important information or to divide your lens into different sections as your story unfolds.

3. Make it your own

The great thing about storytelling is that we can be a part of the story or not and still take ownership of the storytelling process. When we tell stories we ask our audience to come on a journey with us. In a sense, we become leaders of an expedition through a land of our own creation. The world that we create when telling a story has infinite possibilities, limited only by our imagination.

Remember that what you leave out is just as important as what you add to a story and choosing when to share a detail can shape the overall direction of the story as well as affect the engagement of your audience. Don’t be afraid to change a story on the fly or withhold information until later if you think that it will enhance your story. To tell a great story is to own that story and take the initiative to share it with others, even if it’s not about you.

4. Write for all 5 senses

In a great story, we can close our eyes and practically see the action unfolding before us. Use the power of language to fill in the blanks for the other senses that aren’t involved in reading.

For example: If I were to describe the way the way the warm amber light of the afternoon sun fell on your neck, illuminating clouds of dust kicked up by the shuffling patrons of the spice market, the warm, fragrant aroma of cardamom and ginger wafting from the Chai-wallah’s cart, the soft jingling of tiny silver bells wrapped around the ankles of a local dance troupe and the tiny beads of sweat that formed on your forehead as you enjoyed a steaming hot samosa that might have been just a little bit too spicy for you…you can easily imagine what it’s like to be in the place I’ve created for you using only words. The more descriptive you are with your storytelling, the more immersive an experience your lens will become.

I hope these ideas and suggestions help you to tell better, more engaging stories in your lenses, no matter the topic you choose or the amount of writing you’ve done. Don’t forget to be a listener as well as a story-teller. The more great storytelling you read, hear and engage with, the better your own stories will be.

What engages you in a story? Do you know a lens that does a great job of telling a story? Please share in the comments – I’d love to see and hear what you have to say.
Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon via Compfight cc

Quest of the Day: 85 Music Box Sets

Posted: 29 Nov 2013 05:22 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 2.10.02 PMWe’ve hand picked 85 of the hottest musical box sets.

Lens of the Day: Thomas Edison’s Laboratory: A New Jersey Family Day Trip!

Posted: 29 Nov 2013 04:44 AM PST

Add Value To Black Friday

Posted: 28 Nov 2013 04:39 PM PST

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 7.24.20 PMBlack Friday is famous for hot sales and incredible deals and it’s sometimes hard to wade through the hoopla to find the real value. Consumers often times get distracted and overwhelmed by the shear volume of information. That’s where you (the lensmaster) can help.

By creating an informative review like LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 you’re giving a consumer valuable information before they purchase a product. Most consumers will search for reviews before they buy a gift. amy-trumpeter shares the experience of owning the LEGO Millennium Falcon with photos. That’s value that people want to share.

So on this Black Friday be a helper. Here’s a bunch of great deals on Amazon that run through November 30th. Find the things you own and love, give a personal review, then share your work. You may just find that people are thanking you for the information you provided. Here is the link to create a Product Review lens:

A good review is gold to consumers who want to spend wisely this holiday season.

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29 Super Sit-Com Lenses

Posted: 28 Nov 2013 10:28 AM PST

And Away We Go: Why I Love The Honeymooners

1. And Away We Go: Why I Love The Honeymooners

Every year, people celebrate the New Year with a particular tradition. Some pop open a bottle of champagne and throw confetti; others watch the Times Square ball drop on television; and some still simply dance the night away. Me, I do this- I sit down for…

The Andy Griffith Show - Complete Series Collection

2. The Andy Griffith Show – Complete Series Collection

Every week day at 12:30, we enjoy watching a rerun of The Andy Griffith Show while eating our lunch. One time my husband asked why we were watching it when we have seen all the episodes at least 10 times each or it seemed that way. I simply replied, ‘…

The Munsters: A classic 60's sitcom!

3. The Munsters: A classic 60′s sitcom!

The Munsters, a classic comedy series from the 60′s was a little different than what people were used to seeing on TV back at that time. This family was a bunch of, well, monsters. Herman (Fred Gwynne) is a Frankenstein- like creation and basically ju…

Hell Hath no Fury Like a Woman's Corns

4. Hell Hath no Fury Like a Woman’s Corns

“Those were the days” We could always depend on Archie Bunker to have us rolling in tear’s as he tried to get his foot out of his mouth and wondering what he was going to say or who he was going to offend next. No subject was sacrosanct. Arc…

One of My All-Time Favorite Christmas Gifts: M*A*S*H-Martinis and Medicine Complete Collection

5. One of My All-Time Favorite Christmas Gifts: M*A*S*H-Martinis and Medicine Complete Collection

I have been a long time fan of the 1970′s and 80′s classic television show M* A* S* H, in case you don’t know, MASH is an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. If you are a die hard fan like me, one who doesn’t delineate between th…

Three's Company: Innovative TV

6. Three’s Company: Innovative TV

Certainly an innovative premise, for a sit- com made in the late 1970s. One very straight guy, living with two gorgeous women, having to find a way to work around the fact that his uptight and penny- pinching landlord didn’t like him living with two w…

Sail Away with Gilligan's Island Whenever You Like

7. Sail Away with Gilligan’s Island Whenever You Like

Gilligan’s Island was one of my favorite sitcoms to watch as a child. Since I wasn’t born until nearly a decade and a half after the show originally went off the air, I was only ever able to see reruns of the show, but I remember routing for the…

I Still Love Dick Van Dyke

8. I Still Love Dick Van Dyke

Growing Up Watching Mary Tyler Moore Dick Van Dyke Long ago, in a land far, far away, I watched the Dick Van Dyke Show with a passion, not for Dick though. I was in love with Mary Tyler Moore. Laura (Laurie in the first season) was the most beautiful creat…

Cheers- A Best Loved Classic Sitcom

9. Cheers- A Best Loved Classic Sitcom

Cheers was a classic, funny, enjoyable sitcom which ran from 1982- 1993 on NBC. Created by James Burrows, Les Charles and Glen Charles, Cheers was set in Boston by the name of Cheers, a bar which was home to many locals. Originally run by Coach ( Nicholas…

Arrested Development Review

10. Arrested Development Review

There’s something about Arrested Development that made me reluctant to stop watching and get some well needed sleep some nights. In fact, when I watched the first episode for the very first time, just a few months ago coincidentally, I became addicted…

Dial your Shoe Phone for Retro Get Smart

11. Dial your Shoe Phone for Retro Get Smart

I rushed home from ballet class to watch ‘Get Smart’ on television. I can remember one day especially, waiting at the glass and wood doors of the building, it was a rainy afternoon, and my Mom was soon going to pull up in the car and pick me up….

Taxi: One of the greatest American TV shows

12. Taxi: One of the greatest American TV shows

Taxi: The complete series now available on DVD Right – what is in your head right now, this very minute? I would be willing to bet that for many people reading this it’s the theme tune to the show. That Fender Rhodes sound It’s so typical of the…

Understanding The British Through Dad's Army

13. Understanding The British Through Dad’s Army

Dad’s Army is a beloved British TV Show of the 1960′s and 70′s. If you want to understand British people, their manners, their concerns, their humour, then there’s no better place to start. Set during World War II in the fictional seasi…

The Cosby Show - The Complete Series

14. The Cosby Show – The Complete Series

You know the really sad feeling you get when something is over, you still wish you had more and you know it won’t happen again? Well that’s how the end of ‘The Cosby Show’ felt to me. Good, clean, sensible black comedy forever gone. The…

Changing Times: "All in the Family"

15. Changing Times: “All in the Family”

One of the most popular, controversial and influential television programs ever made, ‘All in the Family’ is remembered not only for its memorable cast of characters but for its ability to tactfully tackle political and social issues during the t…

Boy, do I dream of Jeannie!

16. Boy, do I dream of Jeannie!

I was 12 years old when the comedy ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ was first shown on TV in the UK – and I was immediately hooked. It revolved around a USAF astronaut who had his own personal Genie. I well remember the very first episode when Captain Tony N…

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Timeless Comedy for the Whole Family

17. The Dick Van Dyke Show – Timeless Comedy for the Whole Family

‘I think, the ‘Van Dyke Show’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ are two of the best periods of my life. I had so much fun, I didn’t want it to end. ‘ ~ Dick Van Dyke Why The Dick Van Dyke Show? Our Family LOVES classic television. I gre…

Back in My Days, You Don't Go Out Without Watching an Episode of "Friends"

18. Back in My Days, You Don’t Go Out Without Watching an Episode of “Friends”

The title says it all – the wasn’t a day me and my friends wouldn’t watch an episode of our favorite sitcom. ‘Friends’ carries just the right amount of freshness, comedy and a bit of drama, you can find in every person’s everyday l…

Taking the Train to Hooterville

19. Taking the Train to Hooterville

Before the onset of cable television and all that entailed, in the United States in 1963 we had three television channels to choose from: CBS, ABC and NBC. Programs were geared for the entire family’s entertainment. With diligent censors, the shows on…

The Munsters TV Series A Fun Family Of Fear

20. The Munsters TV Series A Fun Family Of Fear

The original Musters TV series is easily one of my favourite comedy programmes. Herman Munster is of course an unashamed parody of Frankenstein and Grandpa is overtly Dracula (and confirmed by his formal name of Sam Dracula) which makes for an hilarious co…

MASH and I don't mean potatoes

21. MASH and I don’t mean potatoes

This Show Will Make You Laugh So Hard This was an incredibly funny sitcom, with Alan Alda in the starring role. The writers of the show had the best one liners anywhere, and with Mr. Alda’s comedic talent it was a real treat to watch. The martini drin…

The Golden Girls - You Don't Have To Be A Senior To Enjoy It

22. The Golden Girls – You Don’t Have To Be A Senior To Enjoy It

I wish the Golden Girls was still on TV, but the next best thing is to watch the shows on DVD and relive those hilarious moments. The first time I saw the Golden Girls, I was middle aged. Suddenly it struck me that growing older doesn’t mean sitting i…

Three's Company Is a Laugh Out Loud Classic

23. Three’s Company Is a Laugh Out Loud Classic

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Three’s Company series. I’m also a huge John Ritter fan. I consider his style of acting classic physical slapstick. He sorta reminded me of Peter Sellers of the Pink Panther fame. I’d say my first memo…

The Andy Griffith Show: I Want To Live In Mayberry!

24. The Andy Griffith Show: I Want To Live In Mayberry!

A Fan for Life I’m still crazy about The Andy Griffith Show! When I’m flipping channels at night, and there’s nothing on, I can pull out a collection of old episodes. It always makes me laugh, even though I’ve seen all of the episodes n…

Arrested Development

25. Arrested Development

My favourite sitcom has to be Arrested Development. It features a classic dysfunctional family and set in California. You can’t beat the humour of the Bluths family and the chaos that they create. The main character, Michael Bluth has an alcoholic mot…

The Complete Brady Bunch Series

26. The Complete Brady Bunch Series

The memories come flooding back with just the thought of the Brady Brunch shows. They were the first thing I watched when I got home from school each day when I was a kid. It was one of my favorite TV shows and ones that I was allowed to watch. This may so…

Everybody Loves Raymond

27. Everybody Loves Raymond

Everybody Loves Raymond aired from 1996 to 2005 and I don’t think we missed an episode. The characters in this show just seem to fit so well together and complement each others comedic skills. As Ray played by (Ray Romano) would always be in some kind…

Why I Love Lucy!

28. Why I Love Lucy!

First and right off the bat, I love Lucy, not because I’m a red- head like she is, but , for all the comical insanity that seems to follow her around, she really has a heart as big as a boulder! Lucy and Ricky Riccardo are just trying to make a good l…

"Hello, I'm Mister Ed!"

29. “Hello, I’m Mister Ed!”

Who remembers this show? I do, and always got excited when I heard the beginning song which goes like this: ‘A horse is a horse of course of course. And no one can talk to a horse of course unless of course it is the famous Mister Ed. He’s always…

Quest of the Day: 50 Gifts For People Who Love Star Trek

Posted: 28 Nov 2013 09:37 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 9.57.40 AMStar Trek fans are loyal, fun and have super imaginations. Here are 50 unique hand picked gifts for the Trekkie in your life. I especially love the Next Generation Hoodie, that was my inspiration for this list.

May The Force Be With You!

Posted: 28 Nov 2013 09:19 AM PST

Lego Star Wars Sets Make Christmas Dreams Come True

1. Lego Star Wars Sets Make Christmas Dreams Come True

When I see my son’s huge smile and shaky hands after he’s opened his presents on Christmas morning I can relax and enjoy the day. Two things really get him excited, guitars and Lego Star Wars Sets. The trick is to try to see things through the ch…

Clever Stocking Stuffers - Star Wars Duct Tape!

2. Clever Stocking Stuffers – Star Wars Duct Tape!

It’s true, it’s sad when your kids move out, but once you get passed the sad, the fun starts! When my daughter moved into her new ‘all on her own’ place we had so much fun getting her set up. The one last thing I wanted to give her was…

The Ultimate Mashup - Angry Birds, Star Wars, Jenga Death Star

3. The Ultimate Mashup – Angry Birds, Star Wars, Jenga Death Star

This game is a mashup of epic proportions. Angry Birds Star Wars Fighter Pods Jenga Death Star brings pop culture icons spanning multiple generations together. Kids of the 70s and beyond will find plenty to love about this game. Who wouldn’t want to u…

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy On Blu-Ray

4. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy On Blu-Ray

The original Star Wars trilogy is available on Blu- ray! The cult classic Star Wars episodes IV to VI are now considered to be staples of the sci- fi genre, with their classic representation of the war between good and evil portrayed via the Jedi and Sith…

Boba Fett Star Wars Chair

5. Boba Fett Star Wars Chair

I don’t know about you, but the enigmatic Boba Fett has long been one of my all time favorite characters. There is something about him that just captivates the audiences, specifically before we discover his ‘backstory’ in Episode Two where i…

LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965

6. LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965

The Millennium Falcon The Millenium Falcon, from Star Wars, was flown by Hans Solo and Chewbacca in the fight against the Tie Fighters to save Luke Skywalker. It fired the final shot against the Death Star in Episode IV: A New Hope. The Lego Millenium Falc…

Building the Dramatic Lego Death Star Toy

7. Building the Dramatic Lego Death Star Toy

My daughter got this last year for her son, who is now 9 and mad about Star Wars. It was not cheap, at £275, but the joy it brought him – and me to be honest – made it well worth the cost. Overall, the land- mark Death Star Lego set is a one o…