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Tammy Litke is a Dallas blogger, blogging since 2008.  She loves to watch movies, play video games, spend time in the kitchen, and travel.  Between recipes and reviews you'll find many helpful and some just plain funny posts on her blog. Welcome, pull up a chair and stay for a while!

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Tuesday
Mar152011

Switched-On Schoolhouse FACS is Not Your Mother’s Home Ec

I write the Switched-On Schoolhouse Series twice a month to share our family's experience using this software based curriculum in our home.

When I was in Junior High I took three years of Home Economics.  I’m dating myself by telling you it was almost 25 years ago.  We’re talking old school, girls only, cooking and sewing.  Now I can honestly say I did learn a thing or two.  I learned foundational cooking and baking skills that have served me well over the years.  I can also sew decently, the most important thing learned from those units being hemming since I am only 4’9”.  But that was the extent of our learning in Home Ec…cooking and sewing.

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Tuesday
Mar152011

People of the Longhouse Book Giveaway

New York Times bestselling authors and archaeologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear continue the tale that began with People of the Longhouse with THE DAWN COUNTRY (Forge Books: Hardcover; $25.99; March 15, 2011), the second book of the Iroquois quartet.  An epic tale about a seminal figure in Iroquois and US history, Dekanawida the Peacemaker, The Dawn Country picks up where the first book, People of the Longhouse, left off.

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Tuesday
Mar152011

Baby Driver

I drive a 12 ½ year old Honda CR-V, which we affectionately call Plucky 2 (our first car was a Honda Civic, which we dubbed ‘Plucky’).  Plucky 2 has served us so well over the years.  We bought her when we needed a second vehicle because my husband could no longer take the bus to work (the commute was just too long).

It’s hard to believe that I’ve had Plucky 2 that long.  She still runs fantastic and only has a teeny tiny spot of rust here and there.  Alas I know she will not last forever, and we will need to get a new vehicle in the next few years to replace her.

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Monday
Mar142011

When Life Comes at You Fast...

Have you seen that episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy and Ethel get jobs on a chocolate assembly line?  They have to package the candy in the paper as they pass by on one of those conveyors.  They can’t keep up, and in all hilarity, end up eating the chocolates, and stuffing it in their clothing to keep from getting fired, only to have their manager think they’re doing a good job, because all the chocolate is gone, and so she speeds the conveyor belt up!

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Monday
Mar142011

FIRST Wild Card Tour: The Key to the Kingdom

Grayson Hawkes learns how imaginative and elaborate Walt Disney World is when he accepts an invitation from a trusted friend landing him in a world he never knew existed. Suddenly unraveling a perplexing puzzle and trying to solve a mysterious disappearance, Hawkes navigates through the kingdom where knowledge of seemingly unimportant Disney facts and some divine help are the only way he can discover the answers and get out. In this world Disney trivia is no game…And the ancient key is the only way out.

Soon the lines between right and wrong begin to blur, and telling the difference between real and unreal become nearly impossible. Loyalty to faith, family and friends are stretched to the extreme in the pulse quickening adventure through a magical place where dreams really do come true.

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Sunday
Mar132011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Giveaway

Eating Healthy.  Growing Strong.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics have joined with the best-selling children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to help families learn about healthy eating habits.  More than 17,500 pediatrician offices will receive free copies of a special edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar books, growth charts and parent handouts to encourage doctors and parents to have meaningful conversations about the importance of healthy eating.

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Sunday
Mar132011

Creating PDFs for Use on an e-Reader

Yesterday I shared how we use our e-Readers for homeschooling.  I do quite a bit of searching for supplemental activities online.  One of the best websites I’ve found for that is Curriki.  It’s a non-profit site where educators share curricula that they have written themselves.  Some of the resources are already in a PDF format, but other times I create PDF files from them if they are uploaded to the site as a Word Document.  Other times I like to take a web page and convert it. 

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Saturday
Mar122011

Using an e-Reader for Homeschooling

At some point in the last year and a half, we have come to realize that our e-Readers are invaluable for homeschooling.  The hundreds of books that we are able to find online and borrow through the library system as well as the vast array of material from sites like Curriki, has increased the value of these devices in our home.  Yes, I said e-Readers, because we have three.  While all of the e-Readers that we own have the ability to import PDFs, only our Sony Reader can read Word Documents, which allows us to carry around a large amount of schooling material in a small 6x9 space.

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Saturday
Mar122011

A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr

The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon

An excellent medieval whodunit by the author of
The Unquiet Bones and A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel

Some valuable books have been stolen from Master John Wyclif, the well known scholar and Bible translator. He calls upon his friend and former pupil, Hugh de Singleton, to investigate. Hugh's investigation leads him to Oxford where he again encounters Kate, the only woman who has tempted him to leave bachelor life behind, but Kate has another serious suitor. As Hugh's pursuit of Kate becomes more successful, mysterious accidents begin to occur. Are these accidents tied to the missing books, or to his pursuit of Kate?

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Friday
Mar112011

Home Improvements – Love Them or Hate Them?

Homeowners renovate for two reasons: because they have to or because they want to.  Or, more precisely, they work on home improvements to maintain the value of their home, or because they want to enjoy their house as much as they can.

We’re in the hate group, and can I say hate with a capital H.  Our first home was a house my dad built.  For the most part it was well constructed, there were some issues, but Daddy was always a phone call away to come over and help us out.

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Thursday
Mar102011

How to Draw a Comic Strip

25 OB Sunday (1).jpg"Oh Brother!" Comic strip illustrator and writer Bob Weber, Jr. offers kids and parents step by step instructions on cartooning

Bob Weber, Jr. draws pictures for a living. He draws the children's comic, "Slylock Fox and Comics For Kids," and he also writes the jokes for the daily strip, "Oh, Brother!" Role Mommy asked Bob Weber, Jr. to share his advice and best practices with any budding cartoonists out there, and this is what he had to say:

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Wednesday
Mar092011

French Toast Casserole Recipe

I'm a little late on getting a post up this morning because my sister and her family came to spend the night.  They had been vacationing down in Phoenix and were making their way back home to Canada, and made a pit stop here for a few hours.

It was great fun seeing my nephews (ages 4 and 18 months).  They stopped for a few hours on their way down, but other than that this is the first time I have seen the boys, since the younger one was born.

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Tuesday
Mar082011

Stylish Recycling Containers at Hayneedle (Giveaway)

Going glam and being green don't need to be mutually exclusive, especially when it comes to decorating your home. Makers of recycle bins and kitchen compost bins have started incorporating modern materials into their products, allowing consumers to have greener households without compromising their personal style.

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Monday
Mar072011

Beneterre Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags Review and Giveaway

Very few people send their children to school with disposable lunch bags these days.  Most kids have a favorite character lunch bag or box, that they tote along each day and carry their meal with them.  But what about inside?

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Sunday
Mar062011

EatSmart Precision Voyager Luggage Scale Review & Giveaway

Luggage fees when flying has been at the forefront of my mind right now as we get ready to pay the rest of our Alaskan Cruise down, and start looking for flights to Vancouver.  It costs us enough already to fly out of our rinkydink airport and I don’t need to worry about whether my luggage is overweight and get slapped with yet another fee.  A new product makes it easier than ever to make sure your luggage doesn’t go over the weight limit.

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