Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Lens of the Day: Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern and More

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 05:26 AM PST

Fabulous New Lenses for the Week of December 16

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 05:19 AM PST

Why Bother with Soap?

1. Why Bother with Soap?

You may think the title odd, but in over 100,000 years of human history, it really is only within the past 150 years that humanity has become so obsessed with cleanliness. The fact that some of the biggest companies on earth – like US giant Proctor & G…

Winter Landscape Ideas: Adding Interest to the Winter Landscape

2. Winter Landscape Ideas: Adding Interest to the Winter Landscape

Winter Landscaping Ideas and Design Tips: Gardeners in the northern climates need to plan carefully to provide year round interest in their landscaping. After the summer flowers fade and autumn leaves fall, the bare bones of the garden are visible for all…

Best Laptop Cooler Review

3. Best Laptop Cooler Review

I love to use my laptop everywhere I go. I often have a laptop perched in front of my when I am sitting at the couch watching television. trying to get in a little bit of multi- tasking while I am getting some work done. The problem with a lot of laptops,…

Artistic Sweets and Monsters

4. Artistic Sweets and Monsters

What is so wonderful about the art world is the simple breadth of imagination used by various artists to create stunning works. There is a visionary Japanese artist named Iori Tomita, whose painstaking preparation work, of truly spectacular technicolour, d…

Cool Guys Flasks- gift ideas for groomsmen or any fun loving, but hard to please guy

5. Cool Guys Flasks- gift ideas for groomsmen or any fun loving, but hard to please guy

Are you looking for a cool gift for your groomsmen. Something that guys might like, is something that a lot of guys won’t have, but is still fairly fun? A few years back I got a cool guys flask as a groomsman gift and I thought it was a wonderful idea…

Top New Years Resolutions for 2014

6. Top New Years Resolutions for 2014

New Years is a fresh start. It is a chance to wash away the mistakes of last year and start on a new path. Many people get energized for a New Year and plan all sorts of sweeping changes that will transform their lives. I love the concept of New Years reso…

Make a Rustic Santa

7. Make a Rustic Santa

This rustic Santa craft is meant for any rustic Christmas lovers who would like to make a Santa to include in their Christmas decorations. The most difficult part of this project is bending and snipping the wire coat hangers. Once that is done, the remaind…

Funny Flasks for Women: Unique Gifts for the Ladies

8. Funny Flasks for Women: Unique Gifts for the Ladies

Do you know a gal who occasional enjoys knocking back a few drinks? Perhaps a lady with a funny sense of humor and a sarcastic wit? Have a woman who you just have trouble shopping for and finding something unique and original? Well, some of these funny fla…

5 Ways To Naturally Get Rid Of The Common Cold

9. 5 Ways To Naturally Get Rid Of The Common Cold

Getting rid of your cold is important for several reasons. First of all, it’s a very uncomfortable problem, one that can keep you in bed for several days if you’ve got it (and even worse if you have the flu). Also an untreated common cold can tur…

Christmas party planning - holiday treats

10. Christmas party planning – holiday treats

Need ideas on what to serve? Here are a list of popular favorites and a couple new ideas thrown in. Choose a couple from each category to create a nice buffet. Be sure to label each item so you know what is in each dish. You might also consider labeling it…

Sweet Chilli Chicken and Butternut Wrap - My favourite!

11. Sweet Chilli Chicken and Butternut Wrap – My favourite!

I Love Sweet Chilli Sauce, Chicken and Wraps, so when I discovered this all together as a Wrap at our latest Gourmet Fast Food Deli, I just HAD to try it! One of our friends, a chef, has just started this amazing little business called the Luncbox Cafe and…

The Ultimate Making Merry New Year Boozy Dessert Trifle

12. The Ultimate Making Merry New Year Boozy Dessert Trifle

We all like to see in the New Year with a bang, and I like to cheat on the once- a- year idea of the traditional trifle that we eagerly consumed at Christmas, in order to give the New Year celebration that extra edge. So that is why I dreamed up a trifle v…

Review of the Day: Kipling Scoop Medium Backpack: A Great Gift

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 04:00 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 5.10.47 PMIs there a Kipling Club? Because if there is, I’ll join. Kipling backpacks and bags are long-lasting and attractive. They are kitschy and cool enough for teens, hipsters and adults. They are water resistant and durable enough to make them worth their price. Some of them come with a signature monkey keychain in the color of the bag. I love my Kipling products.

grammieo Is Sharing Her Holiday Traditions

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 02:23 PM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 5.17.16 PMWhat is your favorite holiday tradition?
The whole preparation for Christmas is so special, I love getting the Advent Wreath ready and the children’s Advent Calendars. It’s so much fun to see them just itching to open the next little box, to see what’s inside. The of course there is the gingerbread house. This year after many years of not making one, we are again building a house, this time for our grandchildren.

What’s your favorite holiday food?
I like food PERIOD! But I must say that I would rather have turkey leftovers, than turkey the day it is prepared. I guess it has to do with all the preparations, but, I would rather fill up on mashed potatoes and gravy with all the other added vegetables and of course dessert! Lots of cookies, cakes and gingerbread!

What do you love most about the season?
The Highlight for me has to be attending Church services and seeing the little children re-enacting the whole Christmas Story! There is always something really magical about that!
And there is the music,  Christmas Music That Stirs the Soul.

What is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
I always loved Christmas, because it was the perfect time to get a new toboggan or skates. The day after Christmas, you’d be on the hill or at the rink trying out those new presents.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Well here it is sometimes a hit or a miss. I like a dusting of clean white on the morning of Christmas, but the older I get, the more I think it could melt the next day!

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magpie_feathers Is Sharing Her Holiday Traditions

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 11:14 AM PST

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What is your favorite holiday tradition?
As I am Nepali, my favorite holiday tradition is celebrating Tihar and it is also called festival of lights. On Tihar, there is a tradition of offering prayers for five days which has been allotted for five different purposes. On the first day, crow is offered food as a crow is supposed to be responsible for many misdeeds.

On the second day, the dog is worshiped and offered food and given respect as it is considered to be a faithful partner and a guardian. On the third day, the cow is worshiped as it is considered as the mother of universe as it provides milk to the human too. On the evening of the same day, Goddess Laxmi (God of Wealth) is worshiped for wealth prosperity.

On the fourth day, the Newars have “Mha(Self) Puja where the members of the family sit in a line and the eldest lady of the house offers prayers and blessing which is meant to be for the health, purity of the soul and longevity of the self. This ritual is followed only by the Newar Community.

I really enjoy this ritual as everyone believes it is done for the cleansing of the soul. On the fifth day, the sisters bring offerings, gifts, offer blessing and pray for the brother’s prosperity and health and it is believed that this blessing actually protects the brothers from the evil. In return, the brothers give gifts to the sisters.

What’s your favorite holiday food?
My favorite holiday food is the variety of traditional cuisines which are essential for Thar. As the traditional culinary are time consuming, it is cooked lesser and lesser on daily basis. However, the cuisines are a must on such occasions so it is always a favorite on such occasions. The cuisines comprises of various vegetables, beaten rice, mutton, smoked fish, chicken, lentil pancakes (bara), hog plum soup (paun), red beans, fried boiled eggs etc. The foods are served on a sequel which is considered to help in the digestion.

What do you love most about the season?
I love the fact that on these traditional gatherings, families come together and spend quality time together forgetting the differences. Friends and families exchange gifts and warm wishes and the bonding becomes stronger. I love the mild sunlight, the freezing breeze, the lights, candles and the warm happy feelings of joy. The whole city is covered with lights and it is beautiful to see the smiles on everyone’s face.

What is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
My favorite childhood memory is that on such occasions, we used to meet everyone who lives in different parts of the country or the different corners of the world. They return home to be with the family. It is a beautiful feeling when you get to see the people you have been missing.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Always! My daughter has had a serious issue with Santa Claus a long time back; of course it is resolved now. She had written a long wish list of gifts but I bought only a few and because it was very cold, I bought mittens, scarves and warm clothes instead of the other items she has mentioned. In the middle of the night, I heard a loud cry and to my horror, she was sitting on the floor with the gifts scattered all around her.

She was very disappointed with Santa Claus! But her smart mom (myself) quickly came up with an answer,” Santa must have seen you running around without any warm clothes! That's why I tell you to wear your scarves and mittens”. Fortunately, she was convinced and stopped crying and makes it a point to stay warm during the winters just in case Santa Claus is watching and decides to send her more mittens and gloves.

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