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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Serene Sunday - Simple and Clean - September 1, 2013

Simple and Clean
by Hikaru Utada
from the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack

My wishes for you to have a sweet and peaceful day!

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Silly Saturday - August 31, 2013

Time to start clowning around and get Silly!

Great Words!

A person who has stopped growing at both ends
And is now growing in the middle.

A place where women curl up and dye.

The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

Mud with the juice squeezed out.

Cold Storage.

Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

An insect that makes you like flies better.

A grape with a sunburn.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.

One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

An honest opinion openly expressed.

And MY Personal Favorite

Something other people have,
Similar to my character lines.
Say "Cheese"
And talking about skeletons....

Red Skelton on marriage.

I take my wife everywhere—but she keeps finding her way back.

My wife told me the car wasn’t running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was. She told me, “In the lake.”

Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.

She got a mud pack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.

She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker. She said, “There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!” So I bought her an electric chair.

We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

Two tourists were traveling through Louisiana. As they approached Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town’s name.

They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked the blonde employee, “Before we order could you settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are very slowly.”

The blonde leaned over and said “Burrrrrrr Gurrrrrr Kingggg.”

A policeman pulls a man over for speeding and asks him to get out of the car.  After looking the man over he says, "Sir, I couldn't help but notice your eyes are bloodshot. Have you been drinking?"

The man gets really indignant and says, "Officer, I couldn't help but notice your eyes are glazed.  Have you been eating doughnuts?"

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wordles Wednesday with Linky - Colorado River - August 28, 2013

Here is a continuation of our California to New Jersey road trip and back again.

Here is Interstate 70 in Colorado on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Just outside of Grand Junction, Colorado.

The rest of the pictures are following the Colorado River leading up to the Continental Divide.

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#MyBlogSpark Old El Paso Twist on Tacos - Review and Giveaway - ends 9/14 US

I received an El Paso Gift Pack for free from My Blog Spark to facilitate with this review of Old El Paso Taco products.

We are a taco loving family!  We have soft tacos once a month in our home.  We love fresh soft flour tortillas, putting on our mixture of taco meat, with some refried beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and when we have it, diced tomatoes, olives, and/or avocado.  We are one happy family on taco night.

When I had the chance to review this great taco kit from My Blog Spark showcasing Old El Paso products, I knew it would be a hit in our home.  We are no strangers to Old El Paso Refried Beans which we buy regularly, and are a family favorite.   I also know of the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning package, but Old El Paso Flour Tortillas were new to me.  Preparing our meal couldn't have been easier with Joseph Joseph extras that were sent along to help make dinner a complete success.

The Joseph Joseph Rinse and Chop Plus, a cutting board with an integrated colander, made preparing the lettuce a breeze.  All I had to do was chop the lettuce up on the board and snap the board folded, and then take it to the sink to completely rinse the lettuce off.  I have used this on a number of other occasions.  It is particularly good for chopping and draining carrots and potatoes.  Just love having this around.

To shred the cheese, I used the Joseph Joseph fold flat grater. It worked wonderfully.  To store the cheese and the olives, I used the included Joseph Joseph Prep and Store Food Preparation Bowl Set.  This bowl set worked out great!  Once we were done with dinner, all I had to do was screw the tops on the bowls and pop them into the refrigerator. These bowls nest together to use less room to store them.

Our taco dinner was set to perfection, and came out great!  We usually make our taco meat with seasoning we add from scratch, so having the Old El Paso Taco Seasonings packet was quite different.  It's gave the taco meat a restaurant taste.  The Old El Paso tortillas were divine!  The texture and taste is unlike any other tortilla we have had, and we love them.  Only one thing, they are small like a corn tortilla.  As I have stated before, the Old El Paso refried beans are a family favorite, and made the tacos perfect!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Dixon Ticonderoga and Prang - Send Your Kids Back to School With "The Good Stuff" - Review

I received a package of different school products to compare for free from Dixon Ticonderoga for this review.

I have been my kids' teacher since 1989.  As a teacher of over twenty years experience, I know the difference between quality school products and poor ones.  I have always loved Prang watercolors from when I was just a youngster in school, and these watercolors have always been my choice for my children.  I was so happy to be introduced to more of Prang's products and to Dixon Ticonderoga pencils.

I was very please to accept the challenge from Dixon Ticonderoga to compare some of their products to other competitor products.   Dixon Ticonderoga sent me their green and yellow topped Ticonderoga pencils, and an assortment of Prang products: Prang Watercolors, Prang Classic Markers, and Prang Large Triangular Colored Pencils.  Along with these, they also sent comparable products from Walmart, Cra-Z-Art, and Crayola.  I passed them out to my children, and we all had fun seeing the difference between all the products.

Pencils are the most important Back to School product that a student needs.  Over the years, we have been using mechanical pencils because I lost patience waiting for the kids to sharpen their pencils, but my husband much prefers a good regular pencil.  So, when I use a regular pencil, what do I look for, as a teacher, in a pencil? I look for one that is easy to sharpen, will not break apart - either the wood or the graphite - when sharpened, and gives a good clean line when writing.

Dixon Ticonderoga sent me the #2 pencils: Ticonderoga "The World's Best Pencil" and a yellow pencil that is sold at Walmart to compare.  The Ticonderoga pencils were already sharpened and ready to use, while the other pencils needed to be sharpened.  What a hassle is was to sharpen that Walmart pencil!  I had to sharpen off 1 1/2 inches of that pencil before I could at least get a good enough part of the pencil to at least write with - could not get it to a point!

Pencil distributed and sold at Walmart
When writing with this pencil, we found that the graphite lead was just too soft.  We all found that we had trouble keeping our handwriting flowing and smooth.  When we made mistakes, the eraser did not erase properly and left a gooey pink look on the paper.  Messiness is one thing, as a teacher, that I don't like to see!  Not happy with this pencil sold at Walmart.

Dixon Ticonderoga "The World's Best Pencil"

As for the Dixon Ticonderoga "The World's Best Pencil," they are not kidding when they call it the best.  We were all thoroughly happy with its performance when writing.  We all got nice smooth lines with its exclusive graphite lead formula.  When I did make a mistake, the latex free eraser erased my mistake and I saw no evidence that I even made that mistake.  I can tell you assuredly, that we are all very happy with the quality that goes into this pencil.

This pencil is made from premium wood from well-managed forests.  The pencil's finish contains Microban® anti-microbial protection to inhibit the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria on the pencil.  It is totally non-toxic and safe for your little ones to use.

Now for the fun stuff - the art products.  Prang is a division of Dixon Ticonderoga which is something I didn't know about.  As I said earlier, I grew up with Prang's Watercolors, and I have only bought an off-brand once for my children as once was enough.  I am a die-hard Prang watercolor fan because I have found nothing can compare to the quality and brilliance of the colors that Prang offers.  Check out the comparison below:
Prang Watercolors

The Prang Semi-Moist Watercolors beat Cra-Z-Art hands down in quality and color.  Not only that but, Prang comes in a durable white plastic case that is refillable, has slots in the top for mixing colors, and has a wooden brush with soft natural bristles (no.9 size).  The Cra-Z-Art's case has no where to mix colors and comes with a plastic brush with plastic bristles.  Also, it sure seemed like, by the looks of it, that there was less watercolor paint in the Cra-Z-Art package.

For the colored pencils, we compared Prang 5.5mm Large Triangular Colored Pencils with Crayola Colored Pencils.  Both of these brands came with 12 different colors, pre-sharepened and ready to use.  There is a difference in the colors that each packaged offered.  The Prang offers a gold and silver colored pencils compared to Crayola that gives a yellow-green and white pencil colors.  Now, we wished that we had that lighter green with the Prang colored pencils, and white is not a color we generally use.  As for the quality, both offered very nice colors.  It was hard to compare the color quality of each, as both look good.  As for which I would recommend for young children - the Prang.

Why is the Prang Colored Pencils best for your little one?  The shape of the Prang colored pencil differs from the Crayola as it has a large triangular shape.  This large triangular shape helps little hands grasp and hold on to the pencil. This shape will assist your child with a proper grip on the pencil.  The Crayola is thin and the size of a regular pencil.  Because of the large size of the pencils, Prang has provided a Bonus Sharpener in the package.  As a side note: this large triangular shaped Prang Colored Pencil would be perfect for a senior citizen who has trouble holding onto thin pencils.

With the color art markers, we all voted for the Prang.  We could draw both broad and fine lines with both brands of markers, but you can see for yourself that the Prang Art Markers are so much more brighter and richer than the Crayola markers.  The Prang come is a set of 12 and has the extra colors of a light blue and a light green which does not come in the 10 pack of Crayola markers.

There is other differences that make the Prang a much better choice for your child.  Since little ones often forget to put the cap back on, the Prang has a special ink formula, non-toxic, that just will not dry out even if the cap has been left off for 24 hours.  Safety for your child is another concern of Prang as their markers come with a ventilated anti-choking cap.  The Crayola caps are ventilated, too, but I had difficulty breathing through the Crayola caps.  It was very easy to breathe through the Prang cap. 

As a mother and teacher to my children, I was very pleased with the quality of Dixon Ticonderoga pencils and their Prang line of art products that I reviewed.  I highly recommend their products to send your kids to school with this year and every year.

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Since 1795, Dixon Ticonderoga has been empowering creative expression.  Find out more about all the products at the Dixon Ticonderoga website.  You can also find Dixon Ticonderoga on Twitter.

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