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Friday, July 31, 2009

TOMS Shoes - Bless A Child Today


The other day I was having dinner with a few lady friends and I looked down and saw that my friend was wearing a pair of TOMS Shoes I was very excited to see them on her feet and they are so cute! I asked her if she knew the story about TOMS shoes and she said of course I do - that's why I bought them!!! and for the fact they look good.

TOMS Shoeswas founded by Blake Mycoskie. In 2006, Blake was in Argentina traveling and befriended several children and found that they had no shoes to protect their feet. Many children in developing countries do not have shoes and the large possibility for infection, disease, and even death is a high risk.

Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores where serious bacteria can enter... Another reason for shoes is that many children miss the opportunity to attend school where shoes are required - TOMS Shoesis the chance for a child to live healthy and attend school to better enrich their lives.

TOMS Shoeswas founded on the simple premise: With every pair ofTOMS Shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One...

Since our beginning in May 2006, TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the purchases of caring customers. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.

*As of April 2009

Please click on of the links on this post or on the side bar and bless the life of a child today.



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Disneyland Premium Passes For Us!




I am having a great time this summer with the kiddos! I told you a while back that I was getting the 3 day hopper pass for Southern California residences.... well I upgraded to the the Porche.. the Mercedes of Disneyland passes.... The one the only Premium Pass with no blackout dates.... yep no blackouts!!

What's great about this is I don't feel pressured to go on everything every time I visit... The first day - we arrived at California Adventure on a Sunday around 3:00 in the afternoon - headed right over to The Tower of Terror and guess how long the wait was??? Fifteen minutes!!!! Not the hour and half I feared.... I thought it was a fluke... total luck but the the next time we went .. fifteen minutes... after the ride we headed over to the main street in California Adventure to get good seats for the Pixar Parade to watch my beautiful niece Lindsey perform as an Incredible Girl... We've seen her twice in the parade this week...

Last Thursday we headed over to Disneyland around 5:30 PM to get seats to watch the new Fantasmic Show near Tom Sawyer's Island.... It was crazy.. people save their spots with towels and blankets around 4:00 PM - I had no idea! We were lucky enough to squeeze between two families and get a good seat on the hot pavement.... The show started at 9:30 PM - crazy but I love to watch people and there are a lot of people to watch.. funny... Oh, I forgot to mention.. my niece, Lindsey is in this show too!! She's an incredible dancer and Disneyland just wants her everywhere!!! This show she was a blue gorilla with a hot pink belly dancing on a raft then later she was a pirate in a sword fight on a Pirate Ship, and last but not least she was Pluto on the big Paddle Wheel boat.... After the show, we watched an explosion in the sky with Disney theme music playing in the background....

Last Sunday we were in California Adventure.. and walked right on the California roller coaster - the big one... no wait.. It is strange that there are many people walking about but not many on the rides... and I think that's just fine!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Send Someone A JibJab Today


One of my most favorite things to do is send JibJab eCards to my friends and family - they are so funny. I'm sure you've seen the ones around Christmas time sponsored by Office Max - where it says to "elf yourself".... You probably did not know that there are lots of reasons to send JibJab eCards - to make someone laugh... say happy birthday.... say something funny using political figures... There are many uses for JibJab eCards

Below are a couple that I have sent in the past - the first was Christmas last year and the one below that is my husband and his dad before we went on a cruise.. it was hard to pick just two - I have lots of them... the strip tease from my husband is definitely a winner... So click on a link or advertisement - there is no obligation... and believe me it's a fun way to show someone you care with a great sense of humor!

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today!



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A Chart of Fruits And Vegetables For Health





Apples

Protects your heart

prevents constipation

Blocks diarrhea

Improves lung capacity

Cushions joints

Apricots

Combats cancer

Controls blood pressure

Saves your eyesight

Shields against Alzheimer's

Slows aging process

Artichokes

Aids digestion

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Guards against liver disease

Avocados

Battles diabetes

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Bananas

Protects your heart

Quiets a cough

Strengthens bones

Controls blood pressure

Blocks diarrhea

Beans

Prevents constipation

Helps hemorrhoids

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Stabilizes blood sugar

Beets

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Protects your heart

Aids weight loss

Blueberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Boosts memory

Prevents constipation

Broccoli

Strengthens bones

Saves eyesight

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Cabbage

Combats cancer

Prevents constipation

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Helps hemorrhoids

Cantaloupe

Saves eyesight

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Supports immune system

Carrots

Saves eyesight

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Promotes weight loss

Cauliflower

Protects against Prostate Cancer

Combats Breast Cancer

Strengthens bones

Banishes bruises

Guards against heart disease

Cherries

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Ends insomnia

Slows aging process

Shields against Alzheimer's

Chestnuts

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Chili peppers

Aids digestion

Soothes sore throat

Clears sinuses

Combats Cancer

Boosts immune system

Figs

Promotes weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Fish

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Supports immune system

Flax

Aids digestion

Battles diabetes

Protects your heart

Improves mental health

Boosts immune system

<>Garlic

Lowers cholesterol

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

kills bacteria

Fights fungus

Grapefruit

Protects against heart attacks

Promotes Weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Grapes

saves eyesight

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Enhances blood flow

Protects your heart

Green tea

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps stops strokes

Promotes Weight loss

Kills bacteria

Honey

Heals wounds

Aids digestion

Guards against ulcers

Increases energy

Fights allergies

Lemons

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Stops scurvy

Limes

<>Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Stops scurvy

Mangoes

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Regulates thyroid

aids digestion

Shields against Alzheimer's

Mushrooms

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Kills bacteria

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Oats

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

prevents constipation

Smoothes skin

Olive oil

Protects your heart

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Smoothes skin

Onions

Reduce risk of heart attack

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Lowers cholesterol

Fights fungus

Oranges

Supports immune systems

Combats cancer

Prote cts your heart

Straightens respiration


Peaches

prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

aids digestion

Helps hemorrhoids

Peanuts

Protects against heart disease

Promotes Weight loss

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Aggravates
Diverticulitis

Pineapple

Strengthens bones

Relieves colds

Aids digestion

Dissolves warts

Blocks diarrhea

Prunes

Slows aging process

prevents constipation

boosts memory

Lowers cholesterol

Protects against heart disease

Rice

Protects your heart

Battles diabetes

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Strawberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

boosts memory

Calms stress


Sweet potatoes

Saves your eyesight

Lifts mood

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones


Tomatoes

Protects prostate

Combats cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart


Walnuts

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

boosts memory

Lifts mood

Protects against heart disease

Water

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Conquers kidney stones

Smoothes skin


Watermelon

Prote cts prostate

Promotes Weight loss

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

<>Wheat germ

Combats Colon Cancer

prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

improves digestion

Wheat bran

Combats Colon Cancer

prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

improves digestion

Yogurt

Guards against ulcers

Strengthens bones

Lowers cholesterol

Supports immune systems

Aids digestion

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Own Your Blog Name


One of the things I did when I first started blogging was create three different names I liked and bought the Internet address from www.GoDaddy.com and I am happy I did. For many reasons - the main reason is I get much more traffic to my blogs and the second reason is that when I tell friends and family about my blogs I only have to say the titles and not the "blog spot" part - it's easier to remember and understand.

When I tell others about my blogs I say come look me up on Kelly's Ideas
or you can find me on Amazing Salvation and last but not least look for me on I've Become My Mother. You may ask why three blogs... and the answer is simple. I have a lot to say on lots of things..... and I like it!

www.GoDaddy.com makes it very easy to own your name for a very low price. I paid $10.19 including tax to own my titles and I have Go Daddy feed to my blog spot...

As many of you know I own a mortgage loan processing business. I tried creating my own web page and it turned out pretty bad. I did not have the knowledge to make it look professional and to get traffic to my site.. I went to www.GoDaddy.com and was able to work with a design team to create what I want and they host it. I bought my name for the site The Contract Processors for $10.19 and paid less than $600 to create and service my site. The great thing is I am getting traffic and I am getting qualified leads and clients...

** Please note - I paid for the rights to the name for one year but I will upgrade it for a much longer time... I like my names and I'm keeping them. You can own your name today - click on any www.GoDaddy.com link and have some fun!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Let's Go To The Library


It has been forever since I had gone to the public library... The other day - I decided to take the kids to the library for some summer time reading.. What was really great was that they had a readers club for my youngest.. For every twenty minutes of reading she gets to fill in a circle.. when all of the circles (5 hours) are filled in she gets a prize... There are three more five (5) hour segments.. and after each segment... yep you guessed it - she gets a prize... after her paper is completed and she has read for twenty hours total.. she gets four Los Angeles (I prefer California) Angel tickets!!!!! Oh the excitement... oh the challenge for my "I hate to read" kid.... the thought of the golden Angel tickets at the end - has given her the motivation she needs....

My teen had a great time looking into all the books - she's my reader.. She had the librarian looking up this and that.... and they were finding all sorts of books... Right now - my kid is into supernatural... dream walking mostly..... not vampires... but more along the lines of mind control..... I can't keep up with her tastes...

I too am an avid reader when I have the time. I have a very wide range of likes... from romantic suspense to true crime... to religion to autobiographies.... I just never know what will interest me this week.. The library also had three gift baskets for adults to win.. and all the adult has to do is yes you guess it.... check out a few books and read.. hmmm - I really like the bath and bed basket......

Kelly's idea #17 - Take your kids or yourself to the library and check out a book.... or two.. Happy reading!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Disneyland 3-Day Hopper - Summer Fun




Disneyland has a great deal this summer for So. Cal. residents (that's me). For $99 per person you get a 3-Day Summer Fun Pass - for both Disneyland AND California Adventure! It you want to go more than 3 days... for an additional $35 per ticket you can upgrade to a season pass! I am so there... I live about thirty minutes or less to Disneyland and because of the very high ticket prices - we hardly ever go... and my niece is a HUGE performer there and I have never seen her.... Okay, Lindsey - Aunt Kelly and cousins are going to see you shine...
What I like about the pass is that - I won't feel like I have to do everything in one day... there are so many things to see and do. I am looking forward to taking my time and enjoying the ambiance..
So come meet me at the Most Magical Place On Earth. For your own tickets click here. Looking forward to seeing you there! Be sure to stop on by the Pixar Parade at California Adventure and say hi to my beautiful niece Lindsey or later go to the new show Fantasmic at Disneyland (Lindsey is in that one too!)...
If you can't go this year - I'll tell Mickey and Minnie "hi" from you!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Enchilada Sauce - July Recipes


IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SEND ME YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE!!!

Great Enchilada Sauce - for the Pozole or your favorite enchiladas

9 dry pasilla chiles cleaned, seeded and stemmed
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp chicken base
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp vegetable shortening
6 cups water


In a pot boil chiles in 2 cups of water until tender for about 15 minutes. Drain water and rinse chiles with cold water. In blender combine chiles with sugar, salt, garlic, flour, chicken base, oregano, cumin, and 2 cups of water and puree. In a large pot heat vegetable shortening, add the puree from the blender with 2 cups of water. Stir and bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer and continue stirring for about 20-25 minutes. Remove bubbles as they form on the top with a spoon and discard... ( I put in the refrigerator overnight and reheat the next day - I think it tastes better- either way it's an awesome sauce.

Below is my daughter diving in the pool today... had a great time!
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