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Homemade Stretch Mark Cream



This homemade stretch mark cream is a great baby shower present. It uses all natural ingredients and you can make it in a few minutes.

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Inspiring Stories 5 – Washing Dishes By Hand



These are inspiring stories about my Grandma’s life. Even washing dishes by hand today is better than it was for her thanks to the marvel of running water.

Inspiring Stories 5 – Washing Dishes By Hand

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Private Loans



Today we’ll be discussing the difference between private student loans and federal student loans, focusing mainly on the private school loans.

Private Loans

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Vegetarian Goulash



Here’s a recipe for how to make vegetarian goulash.  This cheap and easy dinner can be made in 30 minutes or less.

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Crochet Corn



Play food is a great homemade present. Here’s a free pattern for crochet corn, you can even shuck the corn, so fun!

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How To Apply Mascara


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Should I Get A Student Loan



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How To Make Crochet Headbands For Saint Patrick’s Day

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St Patricks Day Headband

Here’s how to make crochet headbands for Saint Patricks day.  This is a fast and easy project that uses very little yarn and will let your little girl (or yourself) stand out and most importantly, not get pinched :-)  If you don’t have a little girl you might be interested in this St Patrick’s Day Pin instead.

How To Make Crochet Headbands For Saint Patrick’s Day

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I’m adorable and I know it!

Crochet Pattern – Shamrock pieces

With an H hook and green yarn:

For the Clover leaf- repeat this section 3 times:

Chain 2, 1 sc in the 2nd chain from hook

ch 2, turn, 2 sc in the one space

ch 2, turn, work 2 sc in each space (4 total)

ch 2, work 4 dc in first space, work slip stitch in next space, chain 2, work 4 DC in next space, slip stitch in last space, tie off and hide thread.

To connect the leaves + stem

Put crochet hook through the end of all 3 cloves, pull some yarn through and tie a knot.

spread the 3 leaves out like you want them to look.

ch 1, ch 1 going through the clover leaf on the right, chain 8 more times

turn back around, skipping the last chain you worked, and work 7 slip stitches

work 1 slip stitch in the other side of the clover leaf

work 1 slip stitch in the top clover leaf to reinforce it. Cut, tie off and hide the thread.

For The Crochet Headband

Tie yarn to a hair rubber band

Still using an H hook, ch 1, and work 4 SC on the rubber band

ch 2, turn, work 4 DC (repeat for a total of 33 rows (or as many needed to fit around your child’s head)

connect to the rubber band on the other side

ch 1, and work 4 sc all the way across

Mar
14

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Bleak House

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Bleak House

If you’re looking for a good classic I suggest you go watch Charles Dickens “Bleak House”. It’s an instant view on Netflix so if you already have a membership that would be some “free” entertainment for you. If you don’t have Netflix you might be able to find it at your local library as it’s not new (2005). You can also rent it from amazon instant.

As a quick summary, (don’t worry I won’t ruin anything for you!)  Bleak House at it’s center is about a court case that goes on for generations.  As in generations of people have already died waiting to be awarded an inheritence that none of the MANY lawyers can agree on who it belongs to because of there being so many different versions of the will.  Don’t worry that’s not all that’s going on, there are multiple love stories and mysteries to keep you on clicking next episode when you really know you should turn off the TV and go to bed because the kids are going to be up way too early in the morning.

As a personal aside I couldn’t help but compare the surrounding and life situations of some of the secondary characters to my own.  One of the characters is a young orphan boy living on the streets.  His life is piteous indeed, and through him you see the underbelly of the city streets, people without homes, proper food, and in poor health.  I just  couldn’t help but be shocked by his plight when my children are warm, fed, and loved.  Yet how many children (and adults for that matter) also have as much, or more and do nothing but complain?  I really think we need to stop taking the basics for granted.  The basics being things like FOOD, SHELTER, etc.  Even living in a country where your “fortune” or lack thereof is in your own power to change because you don’t have to deal with a class system that labels you from the moment you’re born, well that’s huge.

Anyway, you’re either a BBC fan, or you aren’t… but I recommend you give Bleak House a try.  If you do give it at least 2 episodes so you’re fully hooked in the plot :-)  What’s your favorite BBC production?

I haven’t read it yet, but now I’m considering reading Bleak House, and I’m sure your local library has it, or you could read it for free here:  http://www.gutenberg.org/  just type Bleak House and it will pop up.  I believe they even have an audio book if you want to listen.

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Crochet Clover Pin For St Patrick’s Day


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I have a crochet shamrock, where’s yours?

If you’re looking for something to wear for St Patricks day you might like this crochet clover pin. It’s a quick project so you have plenty of time.  If you have a little girl you might prefer this St. patrick’s Day Crochet Headband instead.

crochet shamrocks

Crochet Clover Pin

Crochet Clover Pin

Crochet Pattern – Shamrock Pin

With an H hook and green yarn:

For the Clover leaf- repeat this section 3 times:

Chain 2, 1 sc in the 2nd chain from hook

ch 2, turn, 2 sc in the one space

ch 2, turn, work 2 sc in each space (4 total)

ch 2, work 4 dc in first space, work slip stitch in next space, chain 2, work 4 DC in next space, slip stitch in last space, tie off and hide thread.

To connect the leaves + stem

Put crochet hook through the end of all 3 cloves, pull some yarn through and tie a knot. 

spread the 3 leaves out like you want them to look.

ch 1, ch 1 going through the clover leaf on the right, chain 8 more times

turn back around, skipping the last chain you worked, and work 7 slip stitches

work 1 slip stitch in the other side of the clover leaf

work 1 slip stitch in the top clover leaf to reinforce it.  Cut, tie off and hide the thread.

Sew a safety pin to the back using a creweling needle and some yarn, and voila you have your crochet clover pin for St Patricks day!

Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s day?



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