Monday, January 27, 2014

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Announcing Two New Weekly Quests

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 07:27 AM PST

foodquestIf you’re a Giant Squid on Squidoo or someone who loves sharing recipes, we’ve got 2 new quests designed especially for you.

Our Giants Only Storyteller Quest will be sent out every Monday morning to all of our Giants and on the following Monday we’ll share a bunch of those new lenses  right here on SquidooHQ.  Our Giants are some of our best storytellers and most creative lensmasters so we really can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Every Thursday, we’ll be sending out our new “What’s Cooking at Squidoo” Quest where we ask you to snap a photo of something you’ve cooked and share the recipe on a new format recipe lens.  We’ll provide a different topic each week and share the best lenses not only in a special post here but also on our What’s Cooking at Squidoo Facebook page where we share the newest and best recipes found on Squidoo.  This week our Foodie lensmasters are sharing their breakfast.

Even if you’re not into sharing your own recipes, we invite you to stop by the page to see all of the deliciousness being featured there.

In addition to these, we’re always sending out new and interesting quests to the community so be sure to check your “Quests” tab (You’ll find it located at the top of your dashboard) often (daily!) to see what’s there.

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MissMerFaery is the “Little Crafty Kids” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 06:26 AM PST

missmerfaeryToday we’re pleased to introduce you to MissMerFaery. She’s our “Little Crafty Kids” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
My niche is crafts for the under-fives, so everything creative you can think of to do with babies, toddlers and preschoolers – painting things, making things, sculpting things, you name it! I’ve got a 4-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son, so I’ve lots of inspiration from all the crafting I’ve done with my little girl since she was tiny, and lots more ideas for future crafting with my boy!

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I’ve been in love with crafting since I rediscovered it in my twenties, and so it was a natural progression to want to craft with my kids. My daughter has inherited my creative genes, and absolutely loves delving in her craft jar every day to make something. Seeing the amazing things she can make, and the fun we have trying out new crafts, definitely made me fall in love with it at first sight all over again!

Who had the most influence in your life?
Probably my children, actually. They’ve helped me take more time to appreciate things, to not rush through life and to try out new things. Whether that’s to get out in nature and have fun, to be brave and do something scary, or not worry about whether I can do a craft or have the right materials or not – just delve in and get started! They’ve made me a happier, better person and remind me every day that you never stop learning or evolving alongside them.

You’ll also find MissMerFaery by visiting:
Little Crafty Kids on Facebook

MissMerFaery invites you to stop by and share a review at her, Review the Best Kids Craft Kits for the Under 5′s.

Lens of the Day: The Big Bang Theory versus Real-Life Physicists

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 04:43 AM PST

Review of the Day: The Brinsea Mini Advance…Great Lil’ Incubator!

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 04:00 AM PST

JoanneReid is the “Groovy 60′s” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 03:53 PM PST

joannereidsqTonight we’re pleased to introduce you to JoanneReid. She’s our “Groovy 60′s” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
The 60′s were a time of change in society. A generation emerged in the post World War II era, the post Cold War era, and the message was love.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I used to think that I just thought the 60′s were so interesting because it was an interesting time in my life. Looking back (which is my favorite thing to do) I can see that the 60′s were a volatile and exciting time.

Who had the most influence in your life?
Leonard Cohen always spoke to me. He is a musician but he is also an author. I loved his poetry and his book, Beautiful Losers, as music as his music.

You’ll also find JoanneReid at the following sites:

Groovy 60′s on Facebook
Geek Granny’s Genealogy
http://joannebreid.com/

JoanneReid invites you to visit and share a review at her, Review Some Groovy 60′s Music.

Review Your Favorite Kindle Paperwhite Case, Cover, or Accessories

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 03:25 PM PST

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 6.23.54 PMGot Paperwhite? The Kindle Paperwhite is the immensely popular reader from the Kindle family of e-readers and tablets. Amazon’s tag line for the Paperwhite is, “The best device for reading, period.” And as a Paperwhite owner myself, I have no argument with that claim. I’m also the Everything Kindle Contributorhere on Squidoo and it’s my job to help you promote your Kindle lenses.

13 80s Soundtrack Reviews That Will Rock Your Socks Off

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 06:59 AM PST

For my very first task as Squidoo’s 80s Music Contributor, I asked you fine folks to review your favorite 80s movie soundtracks. Below are some of my favorites, along with a few excellent reviews that weren’t created for the quest (I couldn’t help myself!). So take a look and enjoy some epic music. Perhaps you’ll catch yourself reliving some of your most cherished memories!

If you’re in a nostalgic mood, you can still review a soundtrack right here: Review These Epic 80s Movie Soundtracks. I can’t wait to read your stuff!

 

Music from Ghostbusters the Movie

1. Music from Ghostbusters the Movie

First things first. I still have this on cassette. Not CD or MP3. Yes world I am showing my age again. And no kids it is not on 8- Track like some of my other music. A flash to the past: Here is where I get to take you back a few years. Like into the 80…

A Rollerskating Muse

2. A Rollerskating Muse

Let me get this straight. This is a movie about an artist’s dream to open a rollerskating rink and is inspired by a Greek muse who escaped to Earth. Oh, and the place is to be called Xanadu, a mythical place in Chinese, not Greek, mythology. What? A l…

Labyrith Soundtrack Review

3. Labyrinth Soundtrack Review

I saw this movie once as a child but barely remembered it. My husband recommended watching it once again in the past year, it was like watching it again for the very first time. They don’t make movies, or for that fact music like they used to- which i…

Joe Jackson's lively soundtrack for "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" will have you jumpin' and jivin'!

4. Joe Jackson’s lively soundtrack for “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” will have you jumpin’ and jivin’!

‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ is the 1988 Francis Ford Coppola- produced biographical drama about Preston Tucker, a idealistic automobile designer whose revolutionary car pits him up against the ‘Big Three’ Detroit carmakers at the en…

An Incredible Soundtrack To An Incredible Movie

5. An Incredible Soundtrack To An Incredible Movie

Blade Runner. A film which sends you directly into a dark, gritty, future world. It makes you wonder exactly how far we are to that time. After I watched this flick I felt like I lost a friend. I missed the atmosphere, the characters and I couldn’t st…

Get The Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack & Movie

6. Get The Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack & Movie

When Fast Times At Ridgemont High hit the movie theaters in 1982 I was dying to see it. Of course being 12 that was a no go from my parents. I think I acutally saw the movie when I was 16 or 17 and it’s one of my all time favorite 80′s movies. I…

The Foot tapping excellence of Dirty Dancing Original Soundtrack Album from the Vestron Motion Picture

7. The Foot tapping excellence of Dirty Dancing Original Soundtrack Album from the Vestron Motion Picture

If, like me, you loved the movie Dirty Dancing – and who would not have been blown away by this most romantic of feel- good movies? – then you will love this soundtrack album, which can undoubtedly lift your mood within no more than a few minutes of listen…

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner Starring Harrison Ford - A Favorite 80's Instant Cult Classic8. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner Starring Harrison Ford – A Favorite 80′s Instant Cult Classic

‘Time to Die’ Blade Runner by director Ridley Scott is one of my all time favorite movies. It’s a classic action- adventure futurism movie starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. It was released in 1982 and…

The Blues Brothers: Classic comedy

9. The Blues Brothers: Classic comedy

Great music, fantastic comedy and wonderful car chases I mean, what more could you want? Now a comedy classic, I remember the first time I saw this movie and I rather suspect that I’ve watched it at least once a year since. (You know you’re getti…

Purple Rain by Prince

10. Purple Rain by Prince

This album is one of my favorites by Prince and the Revolution. It is the soundtrack to the hit movie back in the 1980′s, It has nine songs on the album. My favorite song is Purple Rain. The beginning of the Purple Rain song says: I never meant to cau…

Blues Brothers - 1980, Comedy Movie Review

11. Blues Brothers – 1980, Comedy Movie Review

Best Movie Ever This is the best movie I have ever seen, indubitably and undoubtedly. I absolutely love this movie and watch it every once in a while. It has the best music, the best dancing, the best car chase, and the best story line ever. Brothers Jake…

I'm Turning it Loose -- Footloose!

12. I’m Turning it Loose — Footloose!

The 1980′s were filled with many trends and history making events – Mount St. Helens erupting, the space shuttle Challenger tragedy, personal computers hitting the market, Rubik’s cubes, ‘jelly’ shoes and MTV was launched to name a few….

Prince-Purple Reign

13. Prince-Purple Reign

Dig, if you will, the picture. Those were the first words that would lead to the beginning of Prince’s Purple Reign. The lyrics are the first lines from “When Doves Cry” and that’s how the phenomenon began. From the first time I heard P…

kinworm is the “I Sweat Glitter” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 06:34 AM PST

mariewilliamsjohnstoneallaboutcutecraftsToday we’d like you to meet kinworm. She’s our “I Sweat Glitter” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
The “I Sweat Glitter” title suits me perfectly. I love my stash of glitters and many other sweet embellishments and goodies that I’ve collected over the years to use. I enjoy a really wide range of fun arts and crafts.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
As far back as I can remember in my life, I’ve always loved arts and crafts. My Mom taught me all the basics of sewing and knitting while I was very young and it just snowballed from there. As I grew older, I discovered many more crafts for myself that I really enjoyed.

Huge for me in particular are paper crafts such as card making, origami, paper tole, decoupage – anything fashioned from cute patterned papers really appeals. My paper stash is something I will never get through in this lifetime!

Other crafts that work for me are making small felt plushies, hand-stitching, embroidery and perler beads. I will give most crafts a go but I really like working on small scales since I’m all about neatness and precision.

Who had the most influence in your life?
In my early years especially it was the artist and crafter Kaffe Fasset who really inspired me for his amazing use of color and stunning design work. His colorful and intricate patchwork designs with knitting, fabric art, needlepoint, painting and so many other arts really made me feel that anything was possible in the world of crafting. And indeed it is.

Here’s a quote that sums me up: Being creative is not a hobby. It is a way of life.

You can also visit kinworm at:

Crafty Marie on Facebook
Pinterest
Google+

Kinworm invites you to stop by and share a review at her, 30 Cool Craft Storage Solutions

Lens of the Day: How to make healthy refried beans

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 05:27 AM PST

Review of the Day: Clover Chibi Storage for Darning Needles

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 04:00 AM PST

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