Monday, June 30, 2014

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18 DIY Projects!

Posted: 30 Jun 2014 06:18 AM PDT

Here’s another round of awesome DIY projects from our talented lensmasters. Got an idea of your own? Use this tutorial to share your own DIY projects.

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Recycle egg trays and cartons into seed starting trays

1. Recycle egg trays and cartons into seed starting trays

I previously composted egg carton trays and their covers, but after emailing the company that distributed the eggs and told that the outer covering was not safe to compost, I decided to find an alternative way to deal with the waste. The best way I have co…

Creating Your Own Objective Markers For Warhammer 40K

2. Creating Your Own Objective Markers For Warhammer 40K

I get bored easily. Maybe it’s because I don’t like being told that I have to use something that in my eyes is boring. That’s why, when i first started playing Warhammer 40k, I enjoyed the massive amount of creativity involved with models, b…

Seed Saving:  Growing Your Own Seeds

3. Seed Saving: Growing Your Own Seeds

Seeds. these tiny little powerhouses are loaded with energy and all the knowledge required to create a new plant. Though in appearance simplistic and inactive, these amazing marvels of nature actually have highly developed mechanisms that allow them to mov…

Organizing Your Life & Your Home

4. Organizing Your Life & Your Home

Organising your life – one day at a timeIt was all very rigid in my mum’s day. I remember that Monday was washing day, Tuesday was for the ironing, baking was done on Friday and I imagine every day had some timetable that I can’t remember. Then t…

100 Homemade DIY Foods Condiments

5. 100 Homemade DIY Foods Condiments

I discovered an amazing cookbook I’m sure everyone is going to want to know about. It fits into our modern lifestyle while also addressing our growing desire to eat healthier and to give our families a good nutritious toxin free meal plan. If you have…

DIY Tabletop Ironing Board for Crafting

6. DIY Tabletop Ironing Board for Crafting

Ironing boards come in several styles and sizes. When you need a small ironing board for craft projects, quick ironing touch- ups or to save space, choose a tabletop ironing board. Follow this step- by- step guide and make a do- it- yourself tabletop ironi…

DIY Baby Sock Roses - A Gift of Flowers for a Mom-to-Be

7. DIY Baby Sock Roses – A Gift of Flowers for a Mom-to-Be

Nearly everyone loves getting a dozen roses, even if they are made of tissue paper, decorative cellophane, and baby socks. I once received a similar vase of ‘roses’ for a bridal shower. I adapted the design and have been making them ever since fo…

Deck with Planters

8. Deck with Planters

We like our neighbors, but having some privacy on the deck is important to us too. When my husband started building a deck to hold his grill, it started out as a simple, ground- level wood deck. Before long, it evolved into a super outdoor living area. I s…

Cutting A Rug

9. Cutting A Rug

There is little doubt in my mind that my granddaughters have caught the acting bug. all three of them. They participate in school productions, after- school productions, you name it. Because these are community- produced shows, the familial community is ge…

Easy Peasy DIY Movable Alphabet

10. Easy Peasy DIY Movable Alphabet

The Movable Alphabet is a a classic Montessori educational material that can be used by anyone, from homeschoolers to ESL teachers. A professional set from a fancy store will set you back at least $80, but my DIY version looks just as good, costs $5 &…

DIY- Rustic chain fence

11. DIY- Rustic chain fence

Isn’t it amazing what wonderful things you can make out of junk? For weeks my mom had asked my dad to make her rustic chain fence from a piece of rusty chain, which my brother had brought her from some construction site. Did my dad do it? Of course no…

How To Separate Separate An Overgrown Orchid

12. How To Separate Separate An Overgrown Orchid

So, your favorite orchid has overgrown it’s pot. Now what? Well the first thing to do is to figure out what you are going to do. Are you going to dived the plant or are you going to re- pot it into a bigger pot? The good thing about re- potting is tha…

How to grow fresh microgreens on your windowsill

13. How to grow fresh microgreens on your windowsill

My family and I love the taste and texture of those uber- fresh, nutrient- dense microgreens available now in the produce section of most supermarkets, but boy, are they expensive. Not only do a couple of ounces cost plenty, but they come in those big plas…

How To Restore Wooden Lawn Furniture

14. How To Restore Wooden Lawn Furniture

Here is how I restored some old wooden lawn furniture. My parents bought this furniture back in 80′s for their new patio, and used it for many years. Sometime in early 2000 my mother was going to throw it away, I wouldn’t hear of it, so she said…

Fixing a (Really) Broken Bowl

15. Fixing a (Really) Broken Bowl

I can rebuild it. I have the technology. No, I am not talking about creating the first bionic bowl. I am not that talented. But I can make a ceramic bowl more or less whole again. To backtrack: I bought two matching hand painted bowls at the thrift store m…

Ten Unique DIY Garden Planters That Will Get Your Neighbors Talking

16. Ten Unique DIY Garden Planters That Will Get Your Neighbors Talking

My succulent gardens multiply so fast I need a good source of planters that aren’t expensive and will be unique. I am always on the look out for cute objects that I can put them in and have them thrive. I have found most anything will work as long as…

How to Make a Balloon Wreath â€

17. How to Make a Balloon Wreath â€" DIY Project

I recently hosted a party to celebrate my oldest daughter’s college graduation. While I was planning the event I came across some great DIY projects, including this balloon wreath. I loved the idea of having a welcoming wreath on the front door – it w…

Make your own Earrings

18. Make your own Earrings

Every saw a pair of earrings you liked on someone? Maybe you just wanted something to fit your style better or match an outfit or just something custom without having to pay an extravigant price from the jewlery store. Here’s your chance! Here I will…

Lens of the Day: 7 Best Places to Visit in Old San Juan Puerto Rico

Posted: 30 Jun 2014 05:33 AM PDT

prIf you’re in the planning stages for your next vacation or even if you’re just in need of a beautiful little break today, don’t miss our Lens of the Day, 7 Best Places to Visit in Old San Juan Puerto Rico for a glorious get-away courtesy of lensmaster freshstart7 .

Where have you gone lately?

Are you going anywhere fun soon?  We’d love to come along.

Share your adventures with us, and the world, by creating a new lens about them. Personal travel lenses are especially helpful for folks who are planning to visit the places you’ve gone and they are also a wonderful way to create a keepsake of your trip that can easily be shared with friends and family.

Besides, we’re always on the lookout for another outstanding lens to add to the Best of Travel.

So, the next time you’re going out and about, take us away with you and take lots of photos.  We love great photos!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Fire Up the Grill This Weekend With 8 Great Recipes from the Squidoo Food Club

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 01:30 PM PDT

It’s summertime and the cooking is easy… especially if you’ve got an outdoor grill and any one of the following recipes.

There’s plenty more where these came from too. Stop by Squidoo Food Club Quest: Get Your Grill On to find them all.

How to Make Yakitori-Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers

1. How to Make Yakitori-Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers

Japanese- Style Grilled ChickenSometimes the simplest things can be some of the best things in life. Take the humble Yakitori for instance. Yakitori, or grilled skewered chicken, is one of the simplest things in the repertoire of Japanese cuisine. Yet it…

Grilled Chicken Salad with Kiwi & Strawberries

2. Grilled Chicken Salad with Kiwi & Strawberries

This grilled chicken salad with strawberries and kiwi is not only quick and easy to make, it is a summertime favorite. The ingredients can be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated, and put together when you’re ready to serve it. It includes strawberrie…

Barbecued Pork Ribs

3. Barbecued Pork Ribs

The weather is beautiful and the grill is hot and ready to go. My son Sam, daughter- in- law Tricia and our beautiful granddaughter Giada decided to make the 2 hour drive on Father’s Day to surprise me. What a beautiful day we had, we barbecued some r…

Grilled Sausage Stuffed Peppers

4. Grilled Sausage Stuffed Peppers

I came up with this recipe for Grilled Sausage Stuffed Peppers as an alternative to the traditional stuffed peppers recipe that many of us know and love. During the summer I like to be outdoors grilling just about everything I can and I thought stuffed pep…

Grilled Vegetable Enchiladas - A Complete Meal in One Dish

5. Grilled Vegetable Enchiladas – A Complete Meal in One Dish

One of my favorite household meals, especially for leftovers during the week, is Vegetable Enchiladas. My husband makes these for me regularly because I love them AND because they have complete servings of all of the necessary food groups all in one dish….

Smoked Stuffed Sausage Bacon Fatty Explosion

6. Smoked Stuffed Sausage Bacon Fatty Explosion

One of our favorite ways to use our smoker and grill is to cook up a smoked sausage roll, known as a ‘fatty roll’ in some circles. Decadent, fattening and delicious, it is reserved for special occasions and is lovingly and appropriately called a…

Sweet 'N Spicy Carolina Slaw Dog

7. Sweet ‘N Spicy Carolina Slaw Dog

If you’ve had a true Carolina pulled pork sandwich then you will have no problem understanding the perfection a Sweet ‘N Spicy Carolina Slaw Dog. And the greatest part is you can take your time making each and every component or you can buy all o…

Easy Grilled Steak with Japanese Ponzu Dipping Sauce

8. Easy Grilled Steak with Japanese Ponzu Dipping Sauce

Steak Fit for a Carnivore on a BudgetDo you have a carnivore in your house? Someone who thinks it’s just not dinner unless there’s a big piece of meat involved? My husband and son qualify for the title and when it comes to special occasions they…

Friday, June 27, 2014

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#LoveSquidoo Friday!

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 05:50 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.40.46 PMWe’re over the moon proud of Squidoo and the content that all of you create here.

So today (and every Friday) we’re having #lovesquidoo Friday!

This means we want you to share as many lenses as you can on Twitter and use the hashtag #lovesquidoo . We’ll be retweeting your lenses at @squidoo and I’ll be sharing @bdkz too.

So grab your awesome lenses and give Squidoo (and yourself) some love this Friday!

PS – Stay tuned for Tuesday…we’ll have an all new fun challenge.

Lens of the Day: How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review An Epic, Fantastic, Fun Family Film

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 04:58 AM PDT

berkHave you seen a good movie lately?

Lensmaster Comfortdoc has and she’s shared a review of it on a new lens.

Stop by How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review An Epic, Fantastic, Fun Family Film today to read all about it so you can decide if it’s something you and your family might enjoy.

When you’re done reading today’s Lens of the Day, why not create a new lens about a movie you’ve seen recently?

Click HERE to choose your movie and create your lens using our Product Review format.

After it’s complete, share the link to your personal review lens in the comments below so that we can all take a look.

The Do’s and Don’ts for Halloween Lenses

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 11:24 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 1.34.36 PMIt may only be June but now is the perfect time to start creating Halloween lenses for 2014 and we’ve got some tips for success.

So far we’ve seen some thin Halloween lenses coming in and we want to make sure that lensmasters know that content is key for all successful lens.

Remember, we want you to have a amazing and profitable Halloween lenses this Fall and these tips should help.

Halloween Lens Do’s

Do pick a descriptive niche topic. Scary Halloween Ghost Decor, Green Zombie Cupcakes or 5 Ways To Carve A Scary Pumpkin, Halloween Decor For Your Front Porch are good.

Do create costumes ideas that are creative and unique. I’d love to be Elsa for Halloween this year and this is the costume I’d design:  How To Make An Elsa Costume (without sewing). You can make 50 of these lenses if you want! Heck we all have great ideas. Just make sure they have a human element. PS – My Elsa lens is getting nice search engine traffic.

Be original. Personal photos are great but you can also use photos from Creative Commons. The key here is to be original and give your reader useful, unique information that they want to share.

Do pick hot costume ideas, movies and recipes. There’s nothing wrong with following the trends. Just put your own personal spin on the lenses you create.

Do add a variety of content to your lens. Text, photos, videos.

Use Amazon Modules wisely. Pick products that you really think complement your lens and write content about the products you choose, like this.

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Halloween Lens Don’ts

Don’t use generic titles like…Halloween Gardens or Halloween Ghosts or Halloween Pumpkins.

Don’t overuse the word “Best”. Weak lenses that promise the “Best Pumpkin Decor” or the “Best Halloween Cupcakes” should be the best on the web. Don’t use “Best” as a way to lure readers into your lens, instead make sure that your content is the best on the web for your topic.

Don’t make 50 thin costume lenses because you can churn them out. Like…Best Scary Costumes, Best Cat Costumes, Best Frozen costumes with nothing but a list of products and short generic blurbs.

Don’t add extra stuff at the bottom of your lens that has nothing to do with your topic.

Don’t just use Amazon Modules on your Halloween lens. A lens that ONLY has a list of products (even with short blurbs) is pretty much just a boring sales lens.

Don’t use empty Amazon Modules. Add quality content to every Amazon Module you build. If there’s no content, then don’t add the module.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Lens of the Day: How to Make a Hula Hoop

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 06:14 AM PDT

hulahoopFor today’s Lens of the Day, I present you with a fun craft idea from lensmaster jennabee25.

Stop by How to Make a Hula Hoop to learn how to make your own perfectly fitted Hula Hoop that can be used for both pleasure and fitness.

Have you created any new craft lenses lately? We’d love to see them. Share the links in the comments below.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Squidoo HQ


Lens of the Day: The Crossing: Conquering The Atlantic Ocean In The World’s Toughest Rowing Race

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 05:53 AM PDT

crossingToday’s Lens of the Day takes us on a wild adventure by way of a review of the book, The Crossing: Conquering The Atlantic Ocean In The World’s Toughest Rowing Race.

Don’t miss this fantastic lens by stereomike83 who also happens to be a rower himself and whose experience, I feel, adds a lot to this well-written page.

Have you read a book based on something you enjoy doing yourself?  Adding your personal experience to your book review, or any other type of lens for that matter,  goes a long way towards building trust and authority with your readers.  It lets them know that you know what you’re talking about.

If you’ve read a book that shares an adventure, occupation, sport or hobby  you enjoy, we’d love to see your personal review about it. 

Enter your book choice and start the lens HERE to use our product review format.

When your lens is done, please do stop back here and post the link so we can all take a look.

 

We’re Retiring the iTunes & YouTube Plexo Modules

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 02:06 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 4.58.29 PMToday we’re retiring the iTunes Module and the YouTube Plexo Module. After careful consideration and research we’ve found that other modules are better suited for sharing music and videos. Very few users are currently using these modules.

Instead use the Amazon Module to share songs. You can share digital songs in the Amazon Module like this. Use the Video Module for YouTube videos.

There’s nothing you need to do. The modules will simply be removed from your lenses.

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Squidoo HQ


Celebrating Paul McCartney – An Interview with Tom Doyle: Man on the Run & A Giveaway

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 07:56 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.26.23 AMI just had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Doyle about his new book Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970′s.

So read the interview (Tom is just brilliant, as is Paul) and then celebrate everything Paul McCartney by reviewing a book, movie, album or other Paul product. Grab some ideas here on Amazon and then start a lens right here.

You can also use the traditional format for your lens. We’ll pick one stand out lens to win a copy of Tom’s book.

The details...create a new lens about Paul McCartney. Share your lens via the Quest tab or in the comments section of this post. The deadline is July 3rd.

Enjoy!

Lens of the Day: Easy Grilled Steak with Japanese Ponzu Dipping Sauce

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 05:44 AM PDT

steakStop by today’s Lens of the Day, Easy Grilled Steak with Japanese Ponzu Dipping Sauce by sybil-watson, to find an easy grilled recipe that’s fit for the meat-lover in your life.

Not only does the recipe sound delicious but if you’re a carnivore, the photo on this lens truly is to die for.  This leads me to your tip of the day.

Food and Cooking lenses really do need an appetizing photo to help them fly around the internet.  So, whenever you’re cooking up a tasty dish, take lots of photos before, during and after preparing it.  Then, choose your best photos to use on the lens.

Do you have a recipe lens with a terrific and appetite appealing photo in the Intro?  Make us hungry.  Share the link here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Living Small (and the winner of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams)

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 05:43 AM PDT

Earlier this month I interviewed Dee Williams author of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir and we asked lensmasters to create a lens about something they downsized in their life or something they’d like to downsize.

We got some nice submissions. You can read five of them below. We also are giving one lensmasters a copy of Dee’s book. The winner of the book is  who acutally had the opportunity to tour Dee’s house. You can read about it here Envisioning A Tiny House. Congratulations!

 

Reducing the stuff I have

1. Reducing the stuff I have

Stuff: matter, material, articles, or activities of a specified or indeterminate kind that are being referred to, indicated, or implied. (thank you Google) This lens is about all the accumulated treasures that we have. They are like a child – I know when I…

Envisioning A Tiny House

2. Envisioning A Tiny House

Getting from the idea of a tiny house to the actuality of a tiny house is the tricky part. It’s probably even trickier than the genuine construction process part. And for a lot of people, learning to scale down and live smaller takes a lot longer to m…

Downsizing to Small Space Living: Tips

3. Downsizing to Small Space Living: Tips

We were lucky when the recession hit. Well, some might say otherwise because our ‘big’ house had to go, but it was one of the best things that ever happened. You see, we already had somewhere else to live – a tiny apartment. The apartment, which…

Liberate Your Life by Downsizing

4. Liberate Your Life by Downsizing

I thought it was the end of the world, as I knew it. Perhaps it was, but it was a good end instead of a bad one. My husband got laid off. He was one of the 7 pastors at a mega- church when the economic downturn caused the church to decide to lay people off…

Living In A Very Small Home

5. Living In A Very Small Home

The title explains it all. For the most part, anyone that chooses (or has the necessity) to live in a tiny house does so because the cost of living is so much smaller than living in a big house. We went ‘small’ two years ago. There were a number…

Lens of the Day: Heat Stroke in Dog Days of Summer

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 05:42 AM PDT

dogdaysHere in the states, the summer fun is just getting started and that includes increased opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with our four-legged friends.

But with higher temperatures there also comes greater responsibility towards keeping everyone comfortable and cool.

If you’ve got a dog, you need to stop by today’s terrific Lens of the Day, Heat Stroke in Dog Days of Summer by Ruthi where you’ll find more than a few “tidbits” of information to keep your pooch healthy and cool when the temperature is high.

Have you got any great tips for pet care?  No matter if your love is a dog, cat, fish, lizard, horse or any other type of living being, create a new lens that will help others keep their pets healthy and happy too.  When it’s done, share the link here so we can all take a look.