9/14/13

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9/12/13

Win $50 Amazon or Paypal - Darkest Worlds Book Blast

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Darkest Worlds: A Dystopian Anthology An anthology that explores what humans are made of when society falls to its knees. Darkest Worlds includes six original novellas by award-winning authors and best sellers of Young Adult and New Adult Dystopia. All proceeds go to Girls Write Now, a charity that promotes literacy of inner-city girls.  
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Exclusive Interview - David Bromstad - HGTV Star

David Bromstad is the original HGTV Design Star and host of his own HGTV show Color Splash. Since many of us live in rental apartments and homes, I sought his advice on decorating "around the rules." See what he has to say!

Lisa: Hi David and thanks for spending some time with all the Planet Weidknecht readers! I've got some great questions that go along with Decorating Around the Rules of Apartment Living. I just sold our big family house and am renting a small "empty nest" home until my boys graduate college. The last house was over 3300 square feet and the new house is just 1600 square feet. We're on a budget and trying to use many of our previous decor in the new house, but it is very cramped and crowded. We can't exactly add on rooms, so maybe you can offer some great organization tips?

David: This is a common problem when you downsize whether it is temporary or not. If you are able to, choose your favorite and most functional pieces in terms of furniture and seating and put the rest in storage. Its very difficult to use some of your old pieces from a bigger home. Choose the decor that fits the walls and space the best without trying to display everything because then it will appear even more crowded. If that still doesn't seem to work, try selling some pieces on the Internet or yard sale and purchase some furniture that will fit!

Lisa: The windows in the rental house came with blinds, but I'd love to spruce up the windows with some curtains or valances. How can I do that without damaging the walls?

David: Try asking your landlord to install a rod for curtains so that you aren't the one liable when touching the walls. Adding curtains can improve the value of a home so many landlords will be fine with it. And honestly, it's super easy and inexpensive to patch a few holes.

Lisa: The laundry room in the rental house is so small that it will only fit a washer and a dryer. It's between the garage and the house, so if someone opens the garage door to the house, I may end up with a knot on my head. The laundry room does have a wire shelf mounted above the washer and dryer connections, but I'd love suggestions on how I might be able to hang things from the wire shelf.

David: You can purchase an assortment of hooks that are large and sturdy to put through the wire shelving that will give you different ways to hang things! Depending on what you are trying to hang you can also use cable ties and large S hooks. If that doesn't work for you, make a small investment at your local closet or container store and see what's available to replace that old wire shelf. Spending $100 can save you some heartache. When you leave, you can put the wire shelf back up or ask your landlord if he wants to keep the more practical one and he can split the cost or hopefully cover it entirely.

Lisa: Most rental units are pretty bare with neutral walls and my new rental house is no exception. Most of my furniture is earth tones and I'd love your ideas on adding some pops of color throughout the house. Can you help a gal out?

David: There are many ways to spice up a room with neutral walls. COLOR! Adding a wall mural to your room is an inexpensive option and will not damage the walls when using the SmartStick® technology. You can even re-arrange the mural at any time so the possibilities are endless! Also, adding color with a throw or accent pillows and accessories is inexpensive and makes a huge impact!

Lisa: David, thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

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9/11/13

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9/10/13

Win $50 Amazon or Paypal - The Pitcher Book Blast

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The Pitcher “I never knew I had an arm until this guy called out, “Hey you want to try and get a ball in the hole, sonny?” I was only nine, but mom said, “come on, let’s play.” This Carney guy with no teeth and a fuming cigarette hands me five blue rubber balls and says if I throw three in the hole we win a prize. He’s grinning, because he took mom’s five bucks and figures a sucker is born every minute. That really got me, because we didn’t have any money after Fernando took off, and he only comes back to beat up mom and steal our money. So I really wanted to get mom back something, you know, for her five bucks.” A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.

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Bloggers Wanted - Gift Card Giveaway Hop

Join us for the 
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Post a dedicated giveaway for this event, from December 2, 2013 at 12:01a.m. until December 10, 2013 at 11:59p.m. Giveaway may be company-sponsored or self-sponsored. Giveaway prize must be a GIFT CARD worth at least $25.00. Blogs without giveaways posted by noon on December 2 will be removed from the linky list. Signups close on November 30.

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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes and Ham #Recipe - Tasty Tuesday Link Up

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Lisa and Bonnie would love it if you would: Please link back to our blogs or posts. You will find the button above. The “Tasty Tuesday Link Up” will benefit those who participate! The recipe needs to be a recipe YOU made. Please do not link to a site other than your own.

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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes and Ham
Peel and chunk eight small red potatoes. Dice one pound of ham.
In a crockpot, combine potato chunks, diced ham, one cup frozen corn,
two cans nacho cheese soup, one cup water.
Stir well and heat in crockpot on low for five hours.

9/9/13

Bloggers Wanted - Fall Harvest Giveaway Hop

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You will need to post a dedicated giveaway post for this event; beginning on Oct 2nd at 12:01 AM running through Oct 20th at 11:59 PM. Make sure you set your giveaway forms accordingly.
The Giveaway can be self sponsored or company sponsored; with a minimum value set at $25.00. This means if you have 2 winners; each will receive a gift valued at a minimum of $25.00.
Theme: Fall and or Halloween. Must be family friendly.
Any blog without a post up by NOON Oct 2nd will be removed from the linky.
Sign ups for this event close on Oct 18th.
We are not requesting you to post in advance of the giveaway hop, however if you'd like to add the button to your side bar and share this post so that others may join in the fun please do.

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9/8/13

American Idol Season 13 Cast

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Host:
Ryan Seacrest

Judges:
Keith Urban
Jennifer Lopez
Harry Connick, Jr.

In-House Contestant Mentor:
Randy Jackson

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Day Trip in the Mazda6i Grand Touring #Travel #Fredericksburg #Texas

This week we're driving the Mazda6i Grand Touring for review and September 7 was the perfect day for a Day Trip. Fredericksburg, Texas, is about two hours from the Austin area and we set out early afternoon to go visit Enchanted Rock, a massive 500-foot-high dome of pink granite.
Driving on the back roads gave us lots of opportunities to try out the handling of the Mazda6i Grand Touring and it has fabulously fast pickup. The steering is very responsive and the ride is really smooth, even over the many cattle guards across the Texas back-roads.
The built-in navigation system was our guide to Fredericksburg. The lady navigator that tells us where to drive is kind enough to quiet the radio when she gives directions.
The Sirius XM radio came in handy when we drove outside the Austin local radio channel area. We listened to some 80s for a while then switched over to the stand-up comedy channel. Driving together as a couple with no children fighting in the backseat is quite delightful after 20+ years of parenting.
I love the dual-control air temperature feature and apparently I like it much cooler than my husband. I guess he's not dealing with constant the hot flashes that currently plague me. The leather interior is very comfortable and classy.
A good day trip is just not complete without a hole in the ceiling of the car. The Mazda6i Grand Touring has a sunroof that opens just for light and also opens completely for the total experience. As the temperature outside reached nearly 100 degrees, we opted for a closed sunroof.
Enchanted Rock came into view over the dashboard of the car a few miles shy of the actual park area and we finally reached the 1,643-acre Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Since it's in the hill country of Texas, we got to try the climbing abilities of the Mazda6i Grand Touring and it's got a lot of power.
Armed with our water bottles and a camera, we paid our $7 entry fees and parked at the base of Enchanted Rock. There are 7 miles of hiking trails, including the popular 6/10 mile Summit Trail which involves a 425-foot elevation gain hike to the top of Enchanted Rock, which is where we decided to go.
To begin the climb up Enchanted Rock requires a quick stop at the restroom, a refill of water bottles, and a quick prayer for light breezes. Imagine for a moment the simmering heat that radiates from a huge hill of granite in the Texas sun. Notice also that there are very few trees that actually grow on Enchanted Rock.
Going up Enchanted Rock is not for the faint of heart. The Summit Trail is a combination of rocky areas and smooth areas, with just a few places here and there where some vegetation has sprouted up and created meager, shaded rest areas.
As we climbed, we stopped frequently to catch our breath, drink some water and enjoy the view from our vantage point. I wondered what the young families thought as they watched the two of us huffing and puffing our way up.
At one point, I wondered if we should have instead taken the 4-mile Loop Trail that winds around the base of Enchanted Rock. As I surveyed the beautiful sights from high up, I was glad we decided to hike up instead.
Enchanted Rock has an estimated age of one billion years, making it among the oldest exposed rock in North America. It's designated a National Natural Landmark and is featured in several Indian legends. Activities in the area include hiking, backpacking, technical climbing, primitive camping, picnicking, birding, geological study, stargazing and nature study.
The 1,000 foot long Enchanted Rock Fissure is one of the largest known granite caves. For those who are experienced at rock-climbing, it promises a challenge on its steep and slippery surfaces. There are actually over forty-five established rock climbing routes available.
The breezes did pick up once we'd climbed (okay, walked at a very steep angle) up about halfway. About three quarters of the way up, I had to stop to sit. I'm just no spring chicken anymore and my legs felt like jello. Since I'd been up to the top about 20 years ago, I told my husband to go ahead the rest of the way and I'd wait for him.
As I sat on the side of Enchanted Rock, I watched the fluffy clouds roll past and marveled at the beauty of the area. The little patches of Prickly Pear Cactus poked up here and there on the grand hill and there were big bumblebees clumsily buzzing around them.
After resting a bit, I decided to go up a little farther and saw my husband standing at the top of Enchanted Rock. I was so excited that he made it all the way up! I decided I was far enough up to satisfy myself and waited for him to pick his way back down to where I was.
Going back down was only slightly easier than going up. I was amused by the number of young kids that happily bounded up and down Enchanted Rock with almost no effort. It was quite a joy to finally reach the parking lot and collapse into the delightful air conditioning of the Mazda6i Grand Touring.
Our two hour journey back home from Fredericksburg was quiet, comfortable, and uneventful. Although we did stop at a small roadside farmer's market to pick up a little basket of grape tomatoes for a snack. As we pulled into our driveway, I noticed we only used a quarter of the tank of gas! Where shall we go next?