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Dance Slideshow

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Kristen over at LoveShakBaby asked me to take a look at this new software for pictures. It is called Flektor & let me tell you it is a lot of fun & so easy to use. I really didn't have a lot of time today to play around, but I wanted to take a peek at what the site offered. I ended up putting together a really quick slideshow of my daughters at dance recitals/class. I was in a hurry, so I grabbed pictures that I had on my computer already from mainly this past year & then I found a few from 2006 & 2005.
It was really easy to make, normally I give up on programs like these because I get frustrated. There are a lot of great themes & I see tons of possibilities. Very easy to share also, you just select where you plan on sharing it at or who you want to email it to. One thing I liked is there is an Ebay option, what a great way to get lots of pics in auctions without paying the outrageous fees Ebay has!

Thinking about Halloween Costumes

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Have you recovered yet from back to school shopping? Halloween is right around the corner already. I don't know about your kids, but mine are already thinking about costumes & ready to shop for some. My 6 year old wants to be a Mean Cheerleader & my 10 year old is still undecided, but is leaning towards being either Hannah Montana or a Diva Rock Star.

There are several great sites to shop at for Halloween without having to leave your home! Since costumes usually run 4 - 6, 8 - 10, 12 - 14 you usually don't have to try them on, so I prefer to shop online. Sometimes I will take the girls to the Halloween shops & let them decide. Then I will scour Ebay & the onlines sites to get good deals! I found a few today while browsing around.

You can get FREE UPS Ground Shipping on all orders over $100 from Halloween Costumes 4 U. Simply use Coupon Code #FSCJ when checking out!

You can also, save money with Half Price Costumes.com. They offer a huge selection of cos…

Learn how to become a New York author

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If you are a writer, like a lot of bloggers are, then you probably have had the dream of becoming a published author. Becoming a published author takes more then just writing a good book, it takes the right kind of marketing too. John Kremer, book marketing consultant and speaker, has developed a teleseminar program to help you do just that. He is the author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. The Teleseminar Program is called How to Create a New York Times Bestseller. It consists of 12-plus tele-sessions that answers all your book marketing questions and concerns. If this is something you have thought about or tried, head on over to BookMarket.com and see if you can become a New York Times Bestseller.

Pledge Today to Junk Your Junk Mail and pass the word along

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This is the easiest of C3’s monthly actions because you don’t need to make it a daily habit! Just spend a few minutes with their opt-out web forms, sit back, and enjoy the clutter-free benefits for years to come. Our climate will enjoy the benefits of less junk mail too. After all, the production and disposal of direct mail consumes more energy than 3 million cars!

C3 is as simple as 1-2-3:

1. Take the pledge to junk your junk mail. Click the banner above to join

2. Print and mail free forms from our website to cut your junk mail by two-thirds or more, save trees, and eliminate 108 pounds of carbon dioxide (paper production is very energy-intensive)

3. Invite friends to join in the carbon-cutting. Use the tell-a-friend tool after you pledge, then get creative. You can also download promotional tools at http://c3.newdream.org/more/kit.php and email them with your creative ideas for inspiring others (50 words or less please).


Thanks for all you do to establish daily habits that cut …

Throwback Thursday

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This is me one Easter, I have no idea how old. I'm thinking maybe it was like 1981 or 1982. My brother was born in 1983, so he probably would have been in the pic if he was around :)

DataBanq Media blog

DataBanq media have a Technology Blog whose expert bloggers share stories covering a wide range of topics. When I started reading this blog, I noticed a little bit down was an entry titled From our perspective, and I felt I should start there. It was written by the president, David Bayer. He gives the reader an idea of what the blog is about and where they are coming from.

There is a very interesting post about Internet Traffic Sources - Quality and Cost. In the post is a diagram of how traffic is driven across the web. It also compares cost and quality. The diagrams really help see how traffic works, and each type is explained.

This blog is new, with it's first post in August. They already are starting to cover a wide range of topics from The Future of Online Social Networking to How to Value an Internet Marketing Company. This is one Technology Blog to keep an eye on.

9 cent prints ~ Snapfish

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1st in a Series 2008 Book Challenge

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My favorite books are series, so when I found this challenge, I was definitely up for it! Details of challenge below & my list of books (which needs updating & may change before the 1 st of the year)

WHO:Anyone who would like to join me
WHAT:Read 12 books that are the first in any series (new authors not required) You may read your chosen books any time during the year; however, I plan to read one a month.
You can see her "Ever-Growing List of Possibilities" here.
WHERE: Mister Linky will keep track here on "Thoughts of Joy..."
WHEN:January thru December, 2008

My choices & possibilities are:

Victoria Laurie
M.J. Holliday series
#1 What's a Ghoul to do?

Laura Childs
Tea shop mysteries
#1 Death by Darjeeling
* I have read her scrapbook series & LOVE it! *

Janet Dawson
Jeri Howard series
#1 Kindred Crimes

Susan Dunlap
Jill Smith Series
#1 Karma

Karen Kijewski
Kat …

RIP II Reading Challenge ~ Book list

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The RIP II Reading challenge officially started September 1st & will end October 31st.

I'm going to do

Peril the First:
Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

My book selections are:

1. Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, No. 1)
2. Season of the Witch
3. 2nd book in Harper Connelly mystery
4. Tithe

I have my other books picked, I just have to pull them out, I can't remember the name :)

I'm in the middle of reading a mystery book right now, trying to get that finished up so I can focus on this challenge!

RIP II Reading Challenge for Fall

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Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the RIP II challenge. (Readers Imbibing Peril)

R.I.P. II is a September 1st through October 31st celebration of all tales gothic, eerie, creepy, and dark. Tales that one reads in the dark of night, experiencing delicious shivers of terror and suspense at each creak of the floorboards or each gust of wind. As in previous challenges the definition for what type of books fit into this category will be very broad. I would venture to say that there is something for everyone that could count as a R.I.P. book.

Peril the First:Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.Peril the Second (Otherwise known as the Obese Book Peril):As you may know, some books are scary not just because of their subject matter but because of their size. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is 737 pages of small type, for example, and Gordon Dahlquist’s Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is 637 pages long with type so min…

eSign - sign mortgage documents electronically

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Brought to you by Encomia

Encomia is a website that offers users three different ways to sign mortgage documents electronically. There are three different options to They offer a simple click to agree option that allows you to easily sign documents by clicking a simple agreement. Another option is the electronic signature pad. This is similar to the device used in most retail stores. The last option is the tablet pc. You can sign your name directly on your computer screen with a digital pen. The esign process allows you to save both time and money.

The website explains how each system works, the benefits of using it and the pricing. You can also view an easy to understand demo.

Did you know that an electronic signature is as safe and binding as paper documents. Encomia's software actually locks an encrypted digital stamp on each signature. They also have tamper seals to prevent any kind of alteration of the documents.

Encomia was founded in 1999. They are based in Houston, T…

School went well

What a long day, the kids bus finally dropped them off around 4:30, supposed to be home around 4:20 so it might get a few minutes better. The girls both had a great day. Aly is happy, she is the ruler of the school, lol. She got picked to help bring the kindergarten kids to the bus every day, so she is ecstatic. She loves her teacher, which is wonderful because we had a tough year last year. We wanted this teacher, so hopefully she will continue liking her :) They do a lot of fun activities, my biggest worry is that if homework is late it has to be turned in but counts as a 0. Aly is a bit on the flaky side, so I'm hoping this won't be a problem. Hopefully it will work out in her favor & she will be ready for middle school next year.

Cam really likes her teacher. She is new this year & this is her 2nd year teaching. She seems like she is going to do well. In the past I have preferred newer teachers because they seem excited about teaching, they have fresh ide…

Summer Reading Challenge

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I just came across this & love the idea! I have luckily been keeping track of what I read, so I have my list going back to June 1st when this started.

Here are the guidelines:

This is not a contest. This is not a race. This is simply encouragement to READ more. It's not about quality or quantity so much. After all, when our kids see us read, we encourage them to read. And exercising our brains is good too. It's really just about celebrating your love of reading and trying to read more.

The challenge starts June 1 and will end on Labor Day (September 3). Respond to this post with the number of books you plan to read. Then post on your own blog about this challenge and invite others to join.

Ok, MY GOAL IS *** 20 Books

Since this started June 1st, I'm going to list what I have read up to date.

1. See Jane Die by Erica Spindler
2. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
3. I Heard That Song Before: A Novel by Mary Higgins Clark
4. Killer Takes All by Erica Spindler
5. The 6th Target by J…

1st in a Series 2008 Book Challenge

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My favorite books are series, so when I found this challenge, I was definitely up for it! Details of challenge below & my list of books (which needs updating & may change before the 1 st of the year)

WHO:Anyone who would like to join me
WHAT:Read 12 books that are the first in any series (new authors not required) You may read your chosen books any time during the year; however, I plan to read one a month.
You can see her "Ever-Growing List of Possibilities" here.
WHERE: Mister Linky will keep track here on "Thoughts of Joy..."
WHEN:January thru December, 2008

My choices & possibilities are:

The Dark materials by Phillip Pullman

Laura Childs
Tea shop mysteries
#1 Death by Darjeeling
* I have read her scrapbook series & LOVE it! *

Janet Dawson
Jeri Howard series
#1 Kindred Crimes

Susan Dunlap
Jill Smith Series
#1 Karma

Karen Kijewski
Kat Colorado series
#1 Katwalk

Marg…

Books Read 2007

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