4/20/13

Anatomy of a Hollywood Car Chase

Have you ever been in a car chase? Have you ever seen one? This infographic below explains The Anatomy of a Hollywood Car Chase. You know, those fantastic car chases you see on movies that make you lean forward to sit on the edge of your seat. Find out below how much it costs to create some of the most famous car chases on the big screen. Discover which car chases are the most popular ones, those that we will likely never forget. Learn how many cars were destroyed in the making of a few of those Hollywood car chases. See how they compare to the reality of the OJ Simpson car chase in speed, cost, and more. Find out more about the reality of car chases, including the horrifying numbers of how many people have either experienced injuries as a result of a car crash and sadly also the number who have passed away. Did you know that 40 percent of all car chases end in an accident? I certainly hope I never have to experience that. Plus, an amazing 2/3 of car chases result from a minor traffic violation! Seriously, people if you've run a red light, just take the ticket, but my goodness don't take off and create a car chase that could result in someone's death!
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4/19/13

Cheesy Garlic Tuna Casserole #Recipe

Disclosure: I received Bumble Bee products at no charge in exchange for this post.
Cheesy Garlic Tuna Casserole
An Original Lisa Weidknecht Recipe
Today is National Garlic Day!
 What you'll need:
- 5 oz elbow noodles, cooked and drained
- 5 oz Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore, drained
- 10 oz cheddar cheese soup
- 10 oz warm water
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 20 saltine crackers
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, mix together cooked elbow noodles, cheese soup, warm water, and minced garlic.
 Lightly coat casserole dish with cooking spray and fill with noodle mixture.
 Put saltines in a zipper baggie and crush with rolling pin.
 Sprinkle crushed crackers over top of noodle mixture.
 Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
 Spoon into bowls and enjoy! Makes four servings.
An excellent recipe for families with children. Easily double the recipe for large families.

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THOR: THE DARK WORLD releases in theaters on November 8, 2013

World Series of Yahtzee Board Game - Review

Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
My family loves to play Yahtzee and we were thrilled to discover the World Series of Yahtzee Board Game. Designed for 2-4 players, this game combines luck, speed, and even flashing lights. Everyone rolls at the same time to try to score the high card. The player with the highest total on cards wins!
My husband and my son set up the game and spent at least an hour playing together and laughing together. Nothing makes my heart happier than to hear my family enjoying time with each other. Hasbro Game Night knows how important together time can be and all their games are geared towards quality time.
At a child development conference, I once heard that the majority of people in prison never played a board game with their parents. That is an amazing statistic because playing a board game teaches children to wait their turns, follow the rules, think things through and use strategy to be successful.
It also teaches them that they cannot always win; providing a teaching moment on how to deal with disappointment and defeat. Time together is so very important! Learning to relate to others through games like World Series of Yahtzee and other Hasbro games is a fun way to impart to your values to your kids.
As much as I love traditional Yahtzee, I think I like this one better because it's a fast paced race and it really adds a sense of urgency and excitement to the game. It's very-well designed from high-quality materials and will last through many family game nights.
You can buy Hasbro games at retailers nationwide and although this game is for older kids, you can find dozens of family board games for your children regardless of their age. You can also follow Hasbro Game Night on Facebook and Twitter.
My kids will go off to college this fall and I will always cherish the family times we spent together. I hope as they head into the world, they will take what they've learned from us and apply it to their own adult lives. I'm guessing they'll probably take some of our games from us when they go too!

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Blue and Ivory Pillow Overstock - Kim Thompson
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4/18/13

Spring Fashions at Dollar General

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.
Dollar General is one of my favorite places to get a great deal on cleaning products, crafts, home decor and food staples. This Spring I'll also be shopping there for some new clothes for my entire family. They have clothing for men, women, children and babies at affordable prices that will make you smile. Check out the Dollar General Apparel Book and see all the fashions and accessories they have to offer!
I love their huge selection of ladies' springtime dresses and their unbeatable price points. With all the money I will be saving, I can add a bunch of new spring hats to my new wardrobe, plus pick up some matching and contrasting bangle bracelets to accessorize. My husband and my teenage boys are always in need of new shirts and shorts this time of year because they are working so hard outside in the yard to freshen up our home.
The colors of spring are reflected in Dollar General's clothing lines and the weather has been perfect here in Texas for their capri leggings and pretty fashion tops, both sleeveless and short-sleeves. Since my boys graduate this spring, we will be hosting lots of guests at our home for parties and family visits and I'm excited to model some of my new outfits. Capri leggings are always comfortable to wear in the car for our spring road trips around Texas too. The more money I save on clothing, the more fun we can have together. Be sure to like Dollar General on Facebook and click to follow Dollar General on Twitter.
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Tuna Salad Rollups #Recipe

Tuna Salad Rollups
An original Lisa Weidknecht Recipe
These simple Tuna Salad Rollups are the perfect recipe for a spring luncheon entree or a delicious appetizer.
What you'll need:
- 5 oz. pkg. Bumble Bee Premium Albacore Tuna in Water (#sponsoring product)
- Flour tortillas
- Mayonnaise
- Paprika
- Small pieces of lettuce, red cabbage, and match-stick carrots
In a large bowl, mix together tuna, 4 tablespoons of mayo, and 1/2 tsp paprika.
Spread a thin layer of the tuna mixture on a soft flour tortilla.
Add a sparse layer of lettuce pieces, red cabbage pieces, and match-stick carrots.
Roll up each flour tortilla with the ingredients on the inside.
Using a sharp knife, carefully slice each tortilla into four bite-size pieces.
Enjoy at room temperature and store leftovers (if there are any) in the refrigerator.
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#HGTV #LoveHome #Giveaway

HGTV wants to know what YOU love about your home. They've launched a wonderful campaign to encourage you to Tweet or Instagram your #lovehome photos. Since it is one of my absolute favorite television channels, it's my pleasure to host a giveaway here on Planet Weidknecht to entice you to share your photos of what home means to you. 

Here is a sampling of the #lovehome photos I tweeted this past week:
  

 

 
What inspires you to love your home? Is it the people who live inside? Your favorite room? Your pets? Your reclining chair? Do you live in your huge dream home or your beloved little cottage? Maybe you adore the hardwood floors in your living room or the little garden shed with windows. Home is more than just your address and maybe you want to Tweet or Instagram #lovehome photos of your city, the restaurant where your spouse proposed, or the annual parade in your small town. Capture all your #lovehome photos and tag them with #HGTV and enter below to win a fabulous HGTV #lovehome Prize Pack that includes one HGTV iPhone Case, one HGTV 4GB Flash Drive, and one HGTV Headphone Set. 
 


To enter this giveaway, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA (but everyone is eligible to share photos for this campaign). Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 5/15/2013. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was contacted by HGTV to post about this promotion and will receive an HGTV Headphone Set in exchange for my post. All opinions are mine.

4/17/13

Disney/Pixar's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Voice Cast Reveal


· Billy Crystal (“Parental Guidance,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers”) reprises his role as Mike Wazowski, now a college-age monster who follows his dream of becoming a Scarer at Monsters University.

· John Goodman (“Argo,” “Flight,” “Trouble With the Curve”) returns as James P. Sullivan (Sulley), an overly confident, young hotshot Scaring student at Monsters University.

· Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”) rejoins the monster world as Randy Boggs, a Monsters University freshman who is ready to experience all that college has to offer (if only he can curb his habit of disappearing).

· Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock,” “The Queen”) gives voice to Dean Hardscrabble, legendary Scarer and hard-to-please head of Monsters University’s prestigious School of Scaring.

· Alfred Molina (TNT’s “Monday Mornings,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Frida”) is the voice of Professor Knight, an esteemed professor in Monsters University’s School of Scaring.

· Dave Foley (TV’s “NewsRadio,” “The Kids in the Hall”) as Terry Perry, the skeptical half of a bickering two-headed monster and dedicated Oozma Kappa (OK) brother.

· Sean P. Hayes (“The Three Stooges,” TV’s “Up All Night”) gives voice to Terri Perry, the more sensitive side of a two-headed Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity brother with Scaring aspirations.

· Joel Murray (TV’s “Mad Men,” “Two and a Half Men”) voices Don Carlton, a “mature” student at Monsters University and a founding member of the Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity.

· Pixar’s Peter Sohn (“Ratatouille,” “Small Fry”) provides the voice of Scott “Squishy” Squibbles, an undeclared sophomore at Monsters University and Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity member who still lives with his doting mother.

· Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses,” “Pacific Rim,” TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) provides the voice of the incomparable Art, an Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity brother with a questionable past.

· Nathan Fillion (“Much Ado About Nothing,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “Castle”) portrays Johnny Worthington, the confident president of Roar Omega Roar (ROR), a Monsters University fraternity that prides itself on its notable Scarers.

· Bobby Moynihan (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” HBO’s “Girls,” DreamWorks Studios’ “Delivery Man”) helps bring to life Chet Alexander, a yes-monster member of the Roar Omega Roar (ROR) fraternity.

· Julia Sweeney (TV’s “The Goode Family,” “Saturday Night Live”) lends her voice to Ms. Squibbles, indulgent mother to Monsters University sophomore Scott “Squishy” Squibbles.

· Aubrey Plaza (“To Do List,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) gives voice to Claire Wheeler, the somber president of Monsters University’s Greek Council and emcee for the annual Scare Games.

· Tyler Labine (“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” “Mad Love”) was tapped to voice Brock Pearson, vice president of the Greek Council and enthusiastic emcee of the Scare Games.

· John Krasinski (“Promised Land,” TV’s “The Office”) provides the voice of “Frightening” Frank McCay, a Scaring super star at Monsters, Inc.

· Bonnie Hunt (TV’s “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “Cheaper By the Dozen”) was called on to provide the voice of young Mike Wazowski’s grade school teacher Karen Graves.

· Beth Behrs (TV’s “2 Broke Girls”) serves as the voice of Carrie Williams, fearless leader of the Python Nu Kappa (PNK) sorority.

· John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” Disney•Pixar’s feature films) returns to the Pixar recording studio as the voice of a Monsters, Inc. employee.

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY releases in theaters on June 21st!


Installing Carpet Tile

I recently carpeted a basement family room. I was talked into using carpet tile because I could do the job myself. The job was pretty easy and the final look is great.

Installing carpet tiles is a much easier do-it-yourself job than stretch-in installation, as long as you follow the correct procedure. This type of carpet is installed piece by piece, so finding the starting point is perhaps the most difficult part. Once you get started, this job will go by very quickly and you will have your new carpet ready to use in no time at all.

Find the Center of the Room
Use a chalk-box to snap a line at the midpoint of the opposing walls in the room. You will begin the installation at the center of the room and then work towards the outside. Once you find the midpoint between both sets of walls, the lines will intersect in the center of the room.

Square Your Lines
Before you begin the installation, make sure that the lines are squared. Measure four feet out from the center point on one line and three feet out on the other line. The two marks should be five feet apart for your lines to be squared. If they are not, make the necessary adjustments.

Equal the Edges
Make sure that the tile closest to the wall will be at least half a tile wide. Do this by laying out tiles towards the wall and then stopping when you cannot fit an entire tile between the last tile and the wall. You can then adjust the tiles so that you have room for half a tile on each side. This ensures that both sides are even.

Start Laying Tiles
Begin by laying the center tiles. Put one tile in each quadrant of the center of the room. You will then build out from the square that you have formed. Once the first square has been completed, you can move onto the second and third squares. Continue forming squares until you get close to the wall.

Trim the Tiles to Fit
The tiles that border the walls will have to be trimmed, unless your room is perfectly shaped for these tiles. Measure the area between the last tile and the wall and draw a matching line on the back of the tile. Continue this process until every space has been filled.

Roll Your Floor
Use a 75-pound roller to press the adhesive down and keep the tiles in place permanently.

Contributor: Written by Kim Pratle for Best Carpet Value Carpet Tile

Orange Oil Termite Treatment Review

I recently had to deal with a termite problem in my home. I wasn’t thrilled about using chemicals or tenting my house but knew I had to do something. My home was a big investment that I want to keep for a long time. So, before calling in the exterminators, I wanted to consider other methods of getting rid of termites. So I did what I like to do, research.

Fumigators once used Vikane -- also known as sulfuryl fluoride -- and the poisonous gas require that the house be completed tented and evacuated. These gases will damage your lungs. Even once the fumigation is done, the gas can stay in the atmosphere for at least 30 years causing damage to the environment.

Orange oil is a new method of fumigation, and it's one that has been proven to be quite effective. Many orange oil solutions are used for spot treatments, but there are one or two -- Citruguard and XT2000 -- that can be quite effective at dealing with termite problems in the whole house.

The best thing about orange oil is that it works just like the Vikane, but it's a lot safer. It will kill off all the termites, but it won't fill your home with poisons. It is injected directly into the wood, where it kills the bugs and leaves your home termite-free. There is no need to move out while the infestation is being dealt with, but you can still enjoy the comfort of your home while the orange oil does the work.

This orange oil solution is very strong and is best applied by a professional. It’s been six months and a follow-up inspection gave the house a clean bill of health, at least from termites.

Contributor: April Pierce