Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Trap a Ghost OR How to find a scary story in the Library using Destiny's OPAC

     My students start begging for the scariest stories I have as soon as the calendar is turned over to October. So, I wrote a lesson plan with a Ghost Buster hook that would teach the students how to use Destiny's OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog- from Follett Corporation).
The demonstration is presented with a power point containing screen shots. We then move into some live searches using the projected computer screen. The students take turns testing their brainstormed terms and locate a book. The student's exit slip is the completed Ghost Trap/call slip with the successful term used. The terms will be added to a mini poster that will stay near the OPAC stations to assist others in later searches.

 You can access my PowerPoint here.

You can access my Ghost Trap/Call Slip activity sheet and mini poster here.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Help me earn a FREE Power Pressure Cooker XL

Only $64 Amazon Gift Cards To Go

 My goal quite a few months ago was to earn enough SB (that’s Swagbucks-points you earn by searching on the internet, answering surveys, watching video clips, and shopping rewards) for the Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 Quart, Digital Non Stick Stainless Steel Steam Slow Cooker and Canner by Power Pressure Cooker XL and get it F R E E.

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I would like to get this before the great local summer produce comes in because I would like to can some of these goodies. To date I have $86 in Amazon gift cards. If I could just stop spending them before I hit my target of $150 to cover the Power Pressure Cooker XL, warranty and shipping.

Earning SBs are easy and Free

Now earning points is quite easy completing these tasks and Swagbucks runs this nice special of 2200 points for a $25.00 Amazon gift card, but, Christmas came and I used about $75 for TJ Max gift cards for my girls and gifts from Walmart (gift card-then ship and got shopping rewards) for a couple of hubby’s gifts. You can also redeem SBs as PayPal cash.

This month only (April), when you refer someone and they earn 300 SB, you both get a 300 SB bonus AND the referrer gets 10% of their SB earnings for life!

Earn Double Cash Back Just In Time for Mother’s Day!

PS. Thought you would like to know, since I’ve joined Swagbucks I have earned:

  • 4 Referrals
  • 1825 Referral Points
  • 33,386 SBs Total to date (that’s about $300)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Best Coffee at Home - French Press

So, my coffee pot is leaking water all over the counter and floor and my filter basket is missing. It was time to try the French Press coffee pot I found at Goodwill earlier this year. It was just $1. How could I go wrong? I can say that it was the smoothest coffee I've ever tasted and it was still quite strong. I found my new morning java!

I followed the directions given by Ali at Give Me Some However, I didn't have any fresh beans to grind, so I just used the coffee I had and the same scoopful I usually use. Ali also shares how to use the press for cold brew coffee overnight in the fridge. I think I'll try that over the weekend.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 New Year's Resolutions

Yesterday, I discussed how weight loss is usually the number one resolution. Today, I am posting my goals chart. My daughter will have her New Year's fireworks party tomorrow since so many had other commitments. So, our New Year's Eve will be a quiet one ( though I can imagine she will shoot off some noise maker tonight).

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Eve is fast approaching. Time for those good intentions we label “resolutions.” The new year sets us in a frame of mind for reflection and hope for new beginnings.
What are the top 10 resolutions?
Weight loss is number one.
Between holiday feasting and wintery weather, pounds have crept on. It is usually on the top of my list, too. But, holiday coolies aren't the only things sitting on my hips and around my waistline. I need to improve my rating from obese to healthy. Being sedentary prompts me to not only add exercise, but some effective food choices, too. Foods can help to speed up your metabolism and help you to start feeling great in no time at all.
Here is a list of foods that will boost your metabolism:

  1. Apples and pears - the soluble fiber pectin works in concert with phytonutrients to lower blood fat levels.
  2. Grapefruit - high fiber content causes body to use more calories. Also, lowers insulin levels.
  3. Avocado - a great source of heart-healthy MUFA and potassium.
  4. Ginger - thermogenic--it tends to slightly increase body temperature as it's being digested Ginger also contains digestive enzymes to speed up digestion.
  5. Broccoli- high in calcium, loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and fiber. Fights fat; boosts immunity and protects against disease.
  6. Leafy Greens - eat spinach and other dark leafies to optimize your red blood cells' transport nutrients and hormones. Increases iron levels
  7. Almond s- full of vitamin E, protein, fiber, and a healthy choice to sustain you in-between meals.
  8. Oats - complex carbohydrates and fiber that increase metabolism after a meal, while keeping insulin at low levels.
  9. Peppers - Hot peppers—like cayenne and jalapeno—raise body temperature, due to the compound capsaicin. Also, packed with vitamin C.
  10. Water - Try carbonated mineral water because it contains calcium, magnesium, potassium. A squirt of lemon is also, enjoyable and adds some vitamin C.
The above foods are fantastic for fat loss, so be sure to incorporate them into your weight loss diet!
If you want to boost your metabolism, you should know that it doesn't have to be hard to do. Let's enjoy some of the foods that will help you to boost your metabolism.

 The rest of my New Year's resolutions will follow:
  1. my health
  2. my work
  3. my family
  4. my home
  5. my money
  6. my faith
  7. a habit to cultivate
  8. a habit to break
  9. a skill to master
  10. books to read