Monday, April 5, 2010
Swagbucks is a search engine. Every once in a while you are rewarded with Swagbucks that you can then trade in for gift cards such as Amazon.com, Target, Barnes & Noble and many more. I signed up about a week ago and I already have 248 points. Mr. Steady signed up the day after I did and he has 175 points
The easiest way to use Swagbucks is to download the toolbar. You get 2 points every day just for signing in! And if you use Facebook I'm told there are all kinds of free codes all over the place.
So if you are like me and Google is go-to search engine, try Swagbucks! Oh yes, and tell them that I sent you (CPTowngirl) so I can get my referral points! I wouldn't be a very good friend if I didn't tell you that referring others is the best way to earn points. Because every time your friends win Swagbucks through searches, you win the same number of points. So if you have a blog make sure your readers use your referral code, post your referral code on Facebook and tell your grandma to stop Googling and start using Swagbucks!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
This is what I bought at Wal-Greens this week. Crystal and her pals pretty much lay it all out for me what is a good deal. At some point I will venture out on my own but Chinet plates were on sale 2/$3, I was able to print off 2 $1.00 off coupons making the plates $0.50 for each pack. Campbell's cooking soups were on sale for $0.79 with the in-ad coupon (store coupon) and I was able to print $1 off 2 so my soups were $0.29 each. Betty Crocker frosting and cake mixes were $1, and with the $0.75 off coupon in the paper recently I got both for $1.25.
Friday, April 2, 2010
First I boiled the eggs and then boiled them with the dyes. This did not work so well, except the orange (boiled with carrots, chili powder and paprika). The grayish blue (blueberries) eggs above were not boiled
Mr. Steady read the directions differently than I and thought you should not boil the eggs seperately so we tried the same approach using fresh eggs. This time I boiled all the dyes and again only the orange and blue(ish) turned out.
We tried several by boiling (we used the same batch of dye for both boils and after the second time I let the dye cool and sit at room temperature for a while.)
Pink or Red: raspberries mixed with several tablespoons of concentrated tart cherry juice - no tint at all
Yellow: carrot tops mixed with a lot of cumin - very tiny amount of tint
Green: spinach - no tint at all
We also tried without boiling
Golden Brown: dill weed (the directions say dill seed and I'm not sure what the difference is) - no tint
Brown: black tea - a fair tint (it's the one on the far right in the bowl) but it sat there for over 6 hours
Even after the eggs were dyed a gentle rubbing would take the stain right off. So the conclusion is if you want to experiment with your children this is a great project to undertake. Especially if you have everything already in your pantry like we did. However, if you're looking for a vibrant, spring-y, colored egg you're better off sticking to the chemical dyes you find at your local supermarket.
Mr. Steady prefers the softer, more natural look of these eggs and the boys seemed pleased with them. They are growing on me, the whole process certainly didn't have the "wow" factor I was hoping for.
I wonder how many times I've missed the "wow" factor God was trying to attempt in my life?
Thursday, April 1, 2010
This was our entertainment for about 10 minutes one Saturday night not too long ago. What made it even funnier was that my nephew, who is six weeks younger than The Entertainer, was going down the stairs as well but he was going face first and using his hands to crawl down. The two boys played on the stairs for the better part of an hour that night.
Did you know April Fool's day is called such because in the 1500's the first day of the new year was changed from April 1 to January 1? Because news traveled so slowly in those days many people still celebrated April 1 as the new year. People began to make fun of them and call them "fools" for being behind the times. And thus the name stuck.
Psalm 14:1 says that "the fool says in his heart 'There is no God.'" Don't be a fool, if you have never asked Jesus to come into your heart, to save you from your sins, do it today.