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Thanksgiving : Dream Dinners and Downloads

Dream Dinners

* * * Update: Stephanie’s store is now Family Traditions! * * *

Like it or not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

My dear friend, Stephanie, owner of Dream Dinners in Lexington (Kentucky) is offering a great deal on a fabulous Thanksgiving spread—enough turkey and side dishes to feed 12 to 15 people! So, if you’re anything like me and prefer not to spend hours toiling away in the kitchen, you should definitely give Stephanie a call… she’ll “hook you up”!

If, on the other hand, you actually enjoy spending time in the kitchen preparing a traditional Thanksgiving feast for extended family and friends, you’ll find these tools helpful—Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Planner (1672 downloads) and Real Simple’s Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation (1534 downloads) .

Thanksgiving Planner     Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation

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Quick Tip : Recycle Crayon ‘Bits’

Crazy CrayonsRecycle old crayons that are too short to draw with to make new crayons in fun shapes.

Heat makes a crayon a little loopy; it may melt into a swirl or pool into a whirl. With this in mind, we chopped up crayons and baked them in shaped mini cake tins, making large blocks that are easy for toddlers to hold and will surely inspire older artists.

Encourage kids to come up with their own combinations—a blue-and-white blend for drawing the sky, or a mix of reds and oranges for sunsets.

 

Tools and Materials : old crayons, kitchen knife, mini cake tins
Crayon How-To

  1. Parents can use the knife to chop crayons into pea-size pieces, taking care to keep colors separate so kids can combine them as they like.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150°F while children fill the tin with crayon pieces, arranging them in interesting designs.
  3. Bake just until the waxes have melted, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the shapes after they have cooled. If they stick, place the tray in the freezer for an hour, and the crayons will pop right out.
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— courtesy of Martha Stewart Kids

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Friday Fave [ Update ] : MailChimp

[ real neat ] newsletter - October 2009

 

Yep. Definitely loving the chimp!

 

 

Check out the latest [ real neat ] ezine

 

 

And be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already!

 

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Friday Fave : MailChimp

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I have fallen in love with a monkey!

Well, not really, but I am very excited that MailChimp has changed their free account option to include a larger mailing list size! Woohoo! So, fellow small business owners, you absolutely must give MailChimp a try—check out the e-mail campaign that I just sent out on behalf of www.EquestrianHomeLeasing.com!

Now, let me count the ways…

  1. free up to 500 subscribers,
  2. free up to 3000 emails per month,
  3. gorgeous website… (an absolute must in my book),
  4. clever + hilarious copy (i.e., writing),
  5. easy-to-use interface,
  6. list segmentation,
  7. detailed reports (i.e., tracking),
  8. powerful webmaster tools,
  9. truly helpful help (i.e., articles, tips, blog),
  10. and did I mention FREE !?!

Hands-down, MailChimp is the ideal way to manage any and all of your e-mail campaigns (i.e., special offers, monthly newsletters, birthday wishes, holiday greetings, etc.)!

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Friday Fave : Mint.com

Mint.com

Mint.com is an entirely new approach to personal finance management. It has easily become one of my all-time favorites!

Key Features:

  • Easy to use—automatic and virtually effortless
  • Comprehensive view of all your accounts in one place
  • Instant alerts for bills, fees, budgets, and low balances
  • Intuitive—intelligently categorizes your transactions
  • Personalized savings opportunities and offers
  • Complete security and privacy
  • And it’s Free!

Make your money work for you! Get started today! »

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