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Butternut Squash Curry

Fall Recipe, Butternut Squash in Green Curry

This simple fresh curry paste takes only minutes to prepare. It envelops sweet, golden chunks of butternut squash with a beautiful and savory green sauce in the time it takes the accompanying rice to cook. Try making it with any prepared curry paste for an even simpler dish.

Blending shallots, garlic, ginger, green chiles, and cilantro together produces a wonderfully fresh and vibrant curry. Make extra of this paste and stash in the freezer to pave the way for future easy weeknight meals.

via Recipe: Butternut Squash in Fresh Green Curry — 5 Fall Soups and Stews from Nancie McDermott | The Kitchn.

International Day of the Girl

International Day Of The Girl 2018

International Day Of The Girl 2018

Did you know there was such a thing? While we firmly believe in encouraging the girls in our lives every dayit's nice to know that the UN has set aside an entire day to honor girls!  

International Day of the Girl was first recognized in 2011, when the United Nations general assembly voted to set aside Oct. 11 as a day to honor girls and work to improve their lives. It's a day for sharing inspiration and spreading awareness. This year's celebration centers on the theme "Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls."In the United States, President Barack Obama took International Day of the Girl as a moment to shed light on Americans' work to get more young women involved in the historically male-dominated science, technology, engineering and math fields, push for equal pay and campaigns to curb sexual assault on college campuses.

So today, take extra time to inspire, enliven, and encourage all the girls in your life!

Source: International Day Of The Girl 2016: Quotes And Facts To Celebrate, Empower Young Women

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labor day for Craftswomen

Labor Day for Craftswomen

What is Labor Day for Craftswomen?

For much of the United States, Labor day is a time to relax, bar-b-que and have a beer or two. Officially, Labor Day is held the first Monday in September and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

As a Craftswoman, you know that this is the time of year to make and sell! Summer shows are nearing an end and Holiday sales are about to start.

This Labor Day, if you haven't already, take the time to complete this short checklist to make sure you're ready for the season ahead!

Holiday Readiness Checklist

  • Do you have plenty of supplies for your business? Not just creative supplies, think cleaning, packing and shipping. 
  • Are you offering gift wrapping? This is a great way to add value to your product. 
  • Have you replenished from your summer sales?
  • If you are doing shows, are all of your show supplies (tent, brochures, business cards) in good supply and repair?
  • Depending on your show schedule, you may need additional help. During the holidays, it might not be easy to find someone to "cover" your breaks. Start looking for "seasonal help" now!
  • On a personal note, make sure you've got all your laundry done! I don't know about you but this is the time of year that it just piles up for me! 

I hope you've found this article useful and encouraging. Don't forget to take time for yourself and you family this holiday season. Remember to share your "outtakes" with us in the Showcase! We love to see your pictures!

Also, check out this helpful article on Clearing The Clutter before the holiday season hits. 

 

Women’s Equality Day 

Women’s Equality Day 

 In a perfect world, Women's Equality Day wouldn't even be a thing. On August 26, 1920 women in America were first legally given the right to vote. Fifty years later,  Congress commemorated the day by designating August 26th as Women's Equality Day.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Source: Women’s Equality Day | National Women's History Project

Bike ready for summer

Get Your Bike Ready For Summer!

Is your bike ready of summer? If you're not sure, this article from ExpertEnough.com  will get you started on your way to a road ready bike!

We all know that it's important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. That doesn't have to mean a costly gym membership or grueling episodes on the elliptical in your basement! Why not haul the bike out of the garage and get the family out of the house for a ride!  

Have you ever thought about doing your own bicycle maintenance, but were not sure where to start? Or maybe you felt that you were not really the bike mechanic type.
If you love cycling, learning to do your own bike maintenance and repairs is worth the effort. It allows you to get to know the workings of your bike better, and you will have a better understanding on how to keep it running at tip top shape. You do not need to know how to take apart your whole bicycle and reassemble it.
Becoming an expert at home bike mechanic is like anything else, you take one small step at a time. Here are 3 simple steps to get you started.
#1: Keep Your Bicycle Clean
Sounds simple, but it is half the battle. A regularly cleaned bicycle will last longer and ride better.
Some people simply use a hose as well as an old toothbrush to get at the hard to reach places. There are a few tools that I would recommend to do the job even better though:

Bike cleaning brush
Chain scrubber
Degreasing Solvent
Chain lubricant
Rags and Sponges

Use all of the above with some soap and a water hose. My Dad used to always say that his car ran better when it was clean. So does our bike. Everything in our life needs a little regular love and attention to keep it working properly.

From: expertenough.com

enjoy father's day together

How Kids & Dads Can Enjoy Father’s Day Togethery

Happy Father's Day! To celebrate Dad and family today,why not enjoy Father's Day together! This article lists a few creative ways to celebrate and enjoy Father's Day together this year. Remember, you don't have to wait for a special holiday to gather up the family for a fun day together. So after Dad's breakfast in bed, load up the family and head for the great outdoors! 

It is rumored that Ben Affleck recently dressed up as Batman for his son’s superhero-themed birthday party, which must have scored super-cool points on the playground. But don’t worry, dads; you don’t need to don a bat suit for your kids to know you are the superhero in their life. The special relationship between father and child—the "dad effect”—refers to the profound impact on children when fathers spend quality time with them. The positive long-term effects on their well-being, happiness, and self-worth are astounding.In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up five active ways for kids and dads to spend quality time together. They’re guaranteed to strengthen bodies and bonds!

Source: 5 Active Ways Kids & Dads Can Celebrate Father's Day Together – mindbodygreen.com

51st anniversary of The Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

51st anniversary of The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

51st anniversary of The Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

It was 51 years ago today that The Beatles officially released their landmark LP Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the U.K., though their label rushed copies into some stores six days early on May 26. (It went on sale in the U.S. on schedule on June 2.) Whenever you want to mark that anniversary, the record has been a point of reference for popular music ever since.

How To Take Great Product Pictures

How To Take Great Product Pictures

Want to know how to take great product pictures?

In order to convey the awesomeness of your creations, you need great pictures. This post will share tips on how to take great product pictures.

1. Be sure to set aside enough time to get the job done.

Any job that is rushed is probably not going to be your best work. It makes sense that if you want to get great results, you have to put some time into it.  Try to make this time uninterrupted. Pets and children should be otherwise occupied!

2. Gather all your products to be photographed well in advance.

You’ve worked so hard to set this time apart, make the most of it! Gather all products, cameras and props well in advance of your start time. This will ensure you don’t have to waste precious time.

3. Take multiple pictures of each item.

You may think you are getting great pictures. The truth is that you won’t really know until you sit down to edit them. Take multiple pictures and from different angles. This way, when you finally get ready to edit you won’t have to settle for “good enough” because you’ve already put all your materials away.  Make sure to get a really good close up!

4. Edit your pictures!

Even basic editing, such as cropping, can make a huge difference. If you’re taking pictures with your smartphone, it probably comes with built in editing. If not, consider downloading an app such as Instagram. It’s free and you will not be disappointed!

5. Use natural light.

Take your pictures near a window if possible. Avoid using artificial light and never use the flash on your camera as it will not convey the true colors of your item.  If your schedule precludes taking pictures during the day consider buying or making a light box. Check our "Sellers Tutorial" page for how to make a light box of your own!

 

 

From: thepreparedmother.wordpress.com

Presidents' Day 2018

ORIGIN OF PRESIDENTS’ DAY

Origin of Presidents Day

This year, President's Day falls on February 19th. Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. It is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the Federal government.

Customarily celebrated on February 22 – Washington’s actual day of birth – the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s “Uniform Monday Holiday Act”, an effort to generate more three-day weekends for the nation’s workforce. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other personalities, Presidents’ Day is now commonly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

Public holiday in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Northern Mariana

 

 

 

DIY VALENTINE’S CHOCOLATES

DIY Valentine Chocolate

Guess what? Chocolate really CAN be good for you!

Most of us have heard that before, it ranks right up there with the amazing news that the antioxidants in red wine contributes to heart health. Is it true, or just another bunch of hype to get us all hopped up on Valentine’s Day Chocolate?

As it turns out, there is some truth to the hype and red wine and chocolate can be good for you. As with everything, the balance between quality and quantity is key. Sadly, there is no way to justify downing a box of chocolates and a bottle of two buck chuck every night. However, sipping a glass of nice red wine and enjoying a quality piece of chocolate could be just what you need.

You can also boost the benefits of your chocolate indulgence by making the chocolate yourself. Try this recipe and let us know what you think! You can make your own simple syrup quick and easy

Ingredients:

Boiling Water
4 Tablespoons cacao
1-2 Tablespoon Simple Syrup
4 ounces cacao butter

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the simple syrup and cacao powder. Mix well.

In a double broiler, melt the cacao butter. Once the butter is completely melted, whisk in the syrup/powder mixture. Stir until completely combined and smooth.

Cool slightly and pour into molds. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Enjoy!

Crash Test Dummies

Crash Test Dummies

Crash Test Dummies

Auto safety advocates honor engineer Samuel Alderson to this day for developing the very first Anthropomorphic Test Device — popularly known as "the crash dummy." He did it back in 1968.

Crash dummies really hit the big-time in the 1980s, with the debut of public service announcements starring "Vince" and "Larry," whose various automotive disasters helped "drive home" the advantages of buckling up.

Though Vince and Larry retired from the PSA circuit back in 1999, their costumes live on, as part of the collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

More importantly, the Crash Dummy PSA campaign is credited with increasing seat-belt use more than five-fold, saving some 85,000 lives.

DIY Light Box

DIY Light Box

DIY Light Box 

If you've read the post on how to take great product pictures, you've read about the importance of light in your pictures.  When using natural light isn’t possible or just doesn’t work for your particular needs, a light box is often the next best alternative. This post will demonstrate how to make a DIY Light Box. No need for any fancy materials or supplies. Many of the items are probably things you have at home already!

List of Supplies:

1. Cardboard box

2. Box cutter or X-acto Knife

3. White printer paper or White Tissue Paper (the type found in the gift wrap section)

4. White poster board

5. Portable lamp

6. 100 watt white light bulb

7. Double sided tape (or regular tape that you roll up on itself)

 

Directions

About the cardboard box. It should be large enough to hold the items you are photographing but not so huge that you can’t store or transport it easily. After assembly, remove the top flaps of the box. You want this part to be open. Next, using your box cutter or X-acto Knife, cut the sides out of the box leaving a small border around the edges. You are going for a “picture frame” look on all sides. Do not cut out the bottom!

Once all your sides are cut out, apply double sided tape to the inside of each “frame”. This is where you will be applying the white paper. The goal is to (as seamlessly as possible) cover the inside of the box with your paper. We are trying to make an environment as free from color and shadows as possible.

Voila, you’ve made a light box! Now get busy taking pictures and posting your stuff. I find it works best if you go into a dark room and put the lamp as close to your box as possible. If you are not getting the desired lighting, add more lamps. I’ve seen examples online using up to 3 lamps at a time.

 

From: thepreparedmother.wordpress.com

Kid Car Activities

DIY Kids Activities for The Car

As a mom of many, we spend a ton of time in the car going to the various events.  We need to make the time worthwhile.  Make the time spent in your vehicle more organized, more efficient and less stressful with some of these car tricks.

Help entertain your kids with a DIY travel book.  You can create pages of activities for your kids to do independently in their carseats.

Send yourself a message in a bottle to remind yourself of all the fun you are having on an outing together.

Create a bucket pulley system.  This is great to get things to the back of the car without stopping on long trips.  Be sure to secure or remove the bucket between hauls.

Keep the baby binkie clean.  Carry spares in condiment sauce containers.  When one gets dirty, just open another container.

Create a temporary tattoo of your phone number.  Put it on your child’s hand when you are traveling or at a busy event.  If they get lost they can tell someone how to reach you.

via Car Hacks, Tricks and Tips for Families – Kids Activities Blog.

 
Lose 60 Pounds

The Steps I Took To Lose 60 Pounds

At 16, I stood on the scale in my aunt’s bathroom and my jaw dropped. I was 5’6 and weighed 200 pounds. Then and there, I decided that I couldn’t live like this anymore. With the help of these six habits I gradually implemented, I lost 60 pounds, and have maintained a healthy weight ever since. I'm not saying it was easy, but focusing on making these small changes helped me sustain my weight loss for 15 years now.

via 8 Steps I Took To Lose 60 Pounds + Keep It Off – mindbodygreen.com.

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Helpful Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

As a psychology professor, I teach classes on changing behavior, and I usually start by asking my students how many of them have made New Year’s resolutions that failed. Most hands go up. In fact, many people respond that they have stopped making New Year’s resolutions because they don’t work.

But it does not have to be this way. Simply put, if you want to succeed with your New Year’s resolutions, you have to start way before New Year’s Eve to get ready. Don’t make a fervent wish on Dec. 31. Instead, people need to give themselves some preparation time.

via How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions | TIME.

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How To Deal With Everyday Anxiety

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with anxiety, you know the havoc it can wreak on your daily life — from getting in the way of professional development to interfering with your personal relationships.

Fortunately, there are natural, nonprescription ways of dealing with this increasingly common problem. These activities range from relaxation techniques to increased exercise, and each can be tailored to your lifestyle.

Do keep in mind that these tips are best for milder forms of anxiety — not clinical depression or anxiety disorders. If you feel you’re suffering from something more serious, contact a health professional.

Otherwise, combat your stress levels and everyday anxiety with these nine natural methods:

via 9 Easy Ways To Deal With Everyday Anxiety: A Doctor Explains – mindbodygreen.com.

new year's resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

Have you made any New Year's Resolutions? While we try to start off every new year on the right foot, we never get official and write any thing down in our family. This year, we're cutting back on sugar and going for a daily walk. Not very ambitious, I know, but we like to be realistic with our goals!  

New Year, healthier you New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health!

Source: Top 10 Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions – Health.com

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Juices for Your Health

I love juicing and am always on the prowl for different combinations to try. These 4 juice recipes fit the bill! If you are looking to eat healthier in the New Year, chances are that juicing a few of your meals every week is on your list. Why not give these a try and let us know what you thought?

 

4 Juices To Reduce Bloating, Cleanse The Liver & Sharpen Your Mind – mindbodygreen.com.

Brussels sprouts make a delicious and colorful gluten free side dish.

Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes

Worried about the gluten-free sides you'll be serving at Thanksgiving this year? No need to stress about that part of the menu! Here are 10 healthy and delicious options that will do your meal justice. Both gluten-free eaters and gluten-lovers will enjoy one (or a number!) of these additions to your table.

via Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes | POPSUGAR Fitness.