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Fill in Area Game

20130627-160516A game for 2 or 3 players.
Each player chooses a color pencil they will use in the game.
Players take turns rolling the dice, using the numbers that they rolled to draw the perimeter of a rectangle or square & writing the area in the middle of the shape.
Game ends when players run out of room to draw.
Winner is the player who has used the largest area/most squares.

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Education, Fun, Games, Kids, Scout Meeting


Stress Less Tips

1. Dance it out. d09843e3f69927b14dbde0187e98d99b

Put the radio on your favorite music and shake it, even a 5 minute dance break makes all things better.

2. Go for a walk.

If you’re at work take a quick walk away from your desk – it’s good to get up and stretch every little while anyway. If you’re at home, take a walk around the block – do this with a good friend and take turns venting.

3. Talk about it.

Got a close friend? Vent! Make sure they get a chance to vent too. Stress and problems too much to address with friend or spouse? Sign up for counseling. It’s not as awkward as you think, and you’ll be a better person for it.

4. Breathe.

Do this: regular breath in and out, then in for 4 counts, out for 8 counts, then continue regular breathing. This works for me.

5. Go to bed earlier.

Set a regular time. My family knows that I ‘turn into a pumpkin’ at 9:30 – it helps a lot.

6. Focus on what you can control.

There’s really no sense in worrying about things you cannot change. You can only change the way you react to things. This is really deep if you think about it…… I’ll give you a few minutes……

7. Reminisce about the good times.

Look back at an old yearbook, watch old videos – you might just realize the stress you’re having now is just in passing, it wont hang around in the big picture.

8. Ask for a hug.

There’s no shame in being honest about what you need. If you need a hug, chances are someone else does too. Hugs have been proven to be beneficial for your health.

9. Look for opportunities in life’s challenges.

When a relative of mine was laid off from a long-time job… it caused a lot of stress for her; until she realized she could pursue a job in the field of one of her main interests – it opened so many new doors. She is so much happier now.

10. Smile.

Even if it isn’t genuine, force a smile, and look in a mirror. Try it. It may not seem to help but it triggers your brain to see that there is still happiness/hope in there. Make some funny faces too! Give yourself a laugh :)


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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Communicate it, Family, Health, Reference, Work


Ravioli Lasagna


  • 1 bag (about 30 oz) frozen cheese ravioli*
  • 1 jar (26 oz) pasta sauce of your choice
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • Optional Add-Ins:
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 8 oz browned ground beef
  • 8 oz cooked Italian sausage, cut in chunks
  • 4 oz sliced prosciutto

Click HERE for the instructions

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Dinner - Eat it!, Kitchen, Party Foods


Picture to Quilt Pattern Creator


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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Art, Crafts, Photography, Sewing


Storage Shelves

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Great inspiration to get things organized – click HERE

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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Around the house, Organize it, Recycle it, Workshop


Chicken Tortilla Soup



You’ll need:


  • 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1Tbs olive oil
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can green chilies
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken stock
  • 2-3 small cans tomato sauce
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 cans pinto beans, drained
    • For the Garnishes: (optional)
    • Tortilla Chips
    • Sour Cream
    • Diced Avocado
    • Salsa or Pico de Gallo
    • Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
    • Cilantro

Click HERE for the instructions

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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Dinner - Eat it!, Kitchen


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


I love ice cream throughout the year – even if it’s cold out! Try this recipe:

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and with the seeds scraped out
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Click HERE for the instructions


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