Saturday, February 26, 2011

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Planters

While surfing the web I came across a cool idea for re-using plastic soda bottles. It is so simple, anyone can do it. They are not an eyesore and they stand on their own. Basically you just need to remove the label, cut the bottle and with the cap still on , add soil and your seedling. Next, when the soil is packed in correctly and the seedling is secure, remove the cap and insert your soil filled planter (top of bottle) into the base (bottom of bottle) along with an inch or two of water.

You can get a little window herb garden growing in no time. Please visit Green Scraper's Flickr page and read more about these planters here: Inside Urban Green.

Friday, February 25, 2011

What were they thinking? Oliver-Good Morning Starshine

Better yet, what were they smoking when they wrote this song? Wait, not just them what was that entire generation smoking for it to get so popular? Wait, ok, now I remember what they were smoking...

Oliver - Good Morning Starshine

These two are nuts. Both he and "his love". First of all, if "My Love" woke up one morning and started talking, no wait, singing to the stars (in the morning) then broke out with a loud "Gliddy, glup, gloopy Nibby nabby noopy La, la, la, lo, lo", I'd have to ask myself, "What am I doing here? How much did I have to drink last night?" Then I'd call 911 and say "yes, this is a psychological emergency."

Somehow this poor guy can see starshine and sunshine simultaneously...the love in your skies reflecting the sunlight in my lovers eyes. By the end of the song he is expecting a response from the "starshine" Can you hear me? And in case they dont get it, he kindly explains what he's doing, over and over and over again: Singin' a song, hummin' a song, singin' a song Lovin' a song, laughin' a song, singin' the song Sing the song, song the sing song song song sing, sing sing sing song....

When I hear this song, I freak out, I have to imediately find another song to counter-react the effects of this one. The worst thing in the world is to have this song stuck in your head while you are trying to work on your spreadsheets.

I dare you to press "Play".



La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la ................

Good mornin' starshine, the earth says hello
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below

Good mornin' starshine, You lead us along
My love and me as we sing
our early mornin' singin' song

Glibby gloop gloopy Nibby Nabby Noopy La La La Lo Lo
Sabba Sibby Sabba Nooby abba Nabba Le Le Lo Lo
Tooby ooby walla nooby abba nabba
Early mornin' singin' song

Good mornin' starshine
There's love in your skies
reflecting the sunlight
in my lovers eyes

Good mornin' starshine, so happy to be
my love and me as we sing
our early mornin' singin' song

Glibby gloop gloopy Nibby Nabby Noopy La La La Lo Lo
Sabba sibby sabba nooby abba nabba Le Le Lo Lo
Tooby ooby walla Nooby abba nabba
Early mornin' singin' song

***musical interlude***

Can you hear me?
Singin' a song, hummin' a song, singin' a song
Lovin' a song, laughin' a song, singin' the song
Sing the song, song the sing
song song song sing, sing sing sing song

Long long long ling, ling ling ling long

Sing sing a song sing a song
yah, you can sing sing song sing a song
Sing sing a song, sing a song


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stand By Me, - the best version around!

Another "feel-good" video to brighten your day.

What I love about this video is the way the song was recorded. It was recorded by unknown artists from around the world. Each one added their part and together they produced a wonderful rendition of this classic song. The first track was a performance by Roger Ridley, a Santa Monica street performer. It was recorded using a laptop, then this base track was taken all over the world. The other perfomers listened to it on headphones whie they sang and played along. Putting everyone's musical contribution together, after some mixing, the final result is beautiful.

Visit their site: Playing for Change, connecting the world through music.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen is having a SALE!

FREE US shipping on ANY order through 2/28/11.

Just use coupon code: LOVEHANDMADE at checkout. 
Visit her on-line shop for more details!

Visit her shop today for some great handmade soap and other products. Frangrance Oil Soap, All natural soap, Goat Milk soap, Sea Salt Bars, Lotions and Butters, Salt and Sugar scrubs.

Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen is a fellow member of the Etsy Blog Team.

Movies for 5-10 year old boys

So you have to babysit your nephews or your neighbor’s boys and you need something to keep them busy?

Movies usually do the job, especially for kids that age. It is most likely they’ve already seen all the current movies several times. How about pulling out some older movies they may not have seen yet? I raised 3 boys with all boy cousins and all boy neighbors/friends so I thought I’d share the movies that kept all these boys busy. I’ve left out the obvious, such as E.T. and Home Alone, because they probably have already seen them.

These movies are just fun, they don’t deal with serious issues and show no nudity. A couple may have a small amount of profanity; The Sandlot, for example uses the word “Shit” a couple of times. As far as I can remember the others don’t. But don’t quote me on that…Some of these movies are a bit older than others but most feature boys about that age. Trust me; I know most of the lines from these movies by heart from having played them over and over when the boys were 5-10 years old.

Rookie of the Year

Mighty Ducks

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Man of the House

Little Giants

Richie Rich

The Never-ending Story


Wild America

And the king of them all….The Sandlot
(I know every line from this movie)

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What do you think? What movies did I leave out? Which ones would you recommend for boys? Let us know, leave a comment.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tips on dating or befriending a Mexican

So you met a cute guy or girl and you want to ask him/her out on a date but she if from a traditional Mexican family with an old school mentality. Go ahead, ask her out, but first listen to a few tips from a Mexican who comes from a traditional Mexican family. This way you don’t blow it.

First and foremost, make SURE she is a Mexican. I can’t stress this enough. If she is from Central or South America and you assume she is Mexican and say something to that effect, she will roll her eyes and you’ll look like a big idiot. Central and South Americans HATE to be called Mexican!

Ok, so she’s really a Mexican. For the first date, unless you know what you are doing, don’t take her out for “Mexican” food. Taco Bell is NOT Mexican food.

This is not a taco:

This is a taco!

Mexicans don’t use shredded yellow cheese. We don’t use ground beef in tacos or in tostadas, we don’t put olives in everything. We never, never, never, did I say never, eat beans from a can. Beans are cooked fresh when needed. Why would anyone eat beans from a can? Come on now….

What to say and how to say it:
Don’t call her family members or friends “Amigo” no one in Mexico does that and eyes will be rolling again if you do.

Word order is backwards when describing something, so pay attention. Where you would first describe an object then name it, in Spanish you first name the object then you follow with the description. So if you want to say “you have pretty eyes” you would say “you have eyes pretty” like this “tienes ojos bonitos”.  Or “I have a red car” you would say “I have a car red” like this “Yo tengo un carro rojo”.  

To say “excuse me” as in “may I please get by” you would say “Con permiso”, which means “with your permission”.  “to say “excuse me” as in “excuse me, where is the bathroom?” you would say “perdon” meaning “pardon”.

 “Embarrassed” is not translated “Embarasada” so don’t even try it. “Embarasada” means PREGNANT! The word is “Avergonzada”.

Speaking of pregnant and how you end up like that, don’t call women “Señora” unless it is totally obvious that she is married or that she has kids. The term "Señora" refers to a woman or young lady who is no longer a virgin so you are better off playing it safe. If you don’t know, call her “Señorita” she’ll be flattered or even blush.

There is no such thing as a “Problemo”, John Connor doesn’t know what he is saying. The word is “Problema” , with an “A” at the end, but you wouldn’t say “No problema” you would say “No es un problema” (it is not a problem) or “no hay ningun problema” (there is no problem).

If you call your new friend on their house-phone or come knocking at the family’s door, don’t say “is Maria there?” you should first greet the other person before asking for Maria. “Buenos dias, puedo hablar con Maria?” (good morning may I speak with Maria?) or at their door you’d say “Buenos dias, se encuentra Maria?” (good morning, is Maria available/here?). If you don’t greet the person who answers the phone or the door first, you will be seen a rude person.

va·moose  (v-ms, v-)
intr.v. va·moosed, va·moos·ing, va·moos·es Slang
To leave hurriedly.

[From Spanish vamos, let's go, from Latin vdmus, first person pl. present subjunctive of vdere, to go.]

Mexicans don’t say “Vamoose”. They dont even know what that is. They say “Vamos” meaning “let’s go” or “we will go” or “can we go”. You could say “Vamos a caminar?” which means “shall we go for a walk?”.

Mexicans don’t take “Siestas” they will laugh at you if you use that word.

Welcome/Bienveido - Understanding Mexican hospitality.
Hospitality is a BIG thing in a traditional Mexican family. It is part of who we are so it helps if you understand that. 

If you are invited into the family’s house, say “Buenos dias” (good morning) to EVERYONE,  I mean everyone, even the kids and the grandma. That is the polite thing to do. If it is late afternoon or evening, don’t say “Buenos dias” (the kids will giggle) say “Buenas tardes” (good afternoon) because it is no longer morning, duh.  

FYI, It is better to say “Buenos dias” than “Hola”, it is a bit more formal and more respectful.  Once you are buddy-buddy with everyone you can say “Hola”.

If someone offers a handshake, upon being introduced, say “mucho gusto” (a pleasure to meet you). The girl may say “Papa, this is my new friend Joe”. Even though she just told him your name, you should still shake his hand, make eye contact and say your full name while shaking his hand “mucho gusto, Joe Smith”. You may have to repeat that for each person you are introduced to but that is ok.

After the formal introductions it is VERY likely the lady of the house will offer something to drink (or order one of her daughters to get something for you) or, if they like you, you may be asked to stay for dinner. Just so you know, this is a really big deal.

Where, in an American setting, the guest is kind of expected to say “no thank you” unless you were specifically invited ahead of time, in Mexican culture the host is happy to offer even if you arrived unannounced. Most Mexicans are humble people but they will share what they have with those close to them, so try not to say no, if at all possible. You may be offered a cup of coffee, something cold to drink or even a snack as a sign of hospitality. Bad manners in this case would be to say "no thank you" good manners would be to say "yes, please".  If you accept, you will be acknowledging your host’s hospitality. It won’t be interpreted as “imposing” so go for it, don’t worry.

On the other hand, If you say no, your host may feel a bit offended. They may get the impression that you think what they are offering is not “good enough” or that you are assuming YOU won’t like what they offer. So just take the darn drink and finish it. Politely smile to your host and say thank you. You’ll score points especially if you are given something that they know you are not familiar with.

The same thing goes with non-food stuff. If after a few visits, the uncle or the brother OFFERS to hook you up with movie passes cause he can get them from his employer, or the Dad OFFERS to do your taxes for free cause he is a tax consultant, don’t offer to pay, it is a GIFT, you’d be offending him if you did. Just accept and graciously say "thank you very much". Trust me, they are not trying to make a buck off of you, this is just their way of saying “ok, we think you are cool.”

Finally, “Buenas noches” is usually reserved for “good bye” and it is only used in the evening or night time. In the day time it is ok to say “adios” when you are leaving or if they are leaving. Just dont say "Adios Amigo" or dont try saying "vaya con Dios".  You would probably pronounce it wrong and would not know how to use it correctly.  There are other things to consider, but I dont want to make this too long. If you want to ask me something, go right ahead, I dont mind.

Of course every family is different but overall these tips would be beneficial when dealing with most traditional, old school Mexican families. We are not all ignorant, illegal aliens. Just like with other nationalities, there are many, many beautiful Mexicans worth getting to know. Good friends are hard to come by, so give it a try, you’ll be surprised.


By N. Gonzalez © 2011 all rights reserved

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Monday, February 21, 2011

How to Fold a T-Shirts in a snap!

Get perfectly folded T-Shirts in less than a minute.

Ok, while surfing the web I found this neat video on how to make a "T-shirt folding machine" it is really cool. You can make it with a couple of bucks in a couple of minutes and it will fold your T-shirts in a snap. Hey, you can even teach your kids how to use it and they can help! I reviewd many videos on T-shirt folding "machines" and this one was my favorite as it comes with "upgrades"! Once you get past the intro the video goes real fast so give it a minute. It is worth the wait.

If you make one, send me a pic. I'll post it here.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Free Film Screening So Cal area - Claremont, CA

If you are in the Southern California Area stop by for a free film screening of "A Small Act". Tuesday, February 22 at 5:30pm at the Garrison Theatre, Scripps College in Claremont. Guest appearance by the film's writer/director/producer, JENNIFER ARNOLD, for a post-screening Q&A.

This event is free and open to the public. Roger Ebert's "Top Ten Documentary Films of 2010"

for more information call the Scripps College Humanities Institure at 909-621-8237 or visit the website at

When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor.

The top students in Mukubu primary school are in the exact same situation as Chris once was. They are bright, but can’t afford to pay school fees. With the creation of Chris’ fund, these students have new hope. But the program is small; how many will qualify for a scholarship?

Using a strong narrative, the film interweaves seemingly separate lives into a cohesive whole. With clarity and grace, A SMALL ACT, bears witness to the ripple effect a single action can create.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Another Video to make you smile!

While surfing the web, I found this cute video. It is actually a commercial but you'd never know. The funny thing is to watch people's reactions. My daughter said "hey, how did THEY do that?" while my Mom said "hey, how did SHE do that?"

Thought I'd share it to brighten up your Monday! Enjoy...
Necklace Cords  Ribbon Necklaces  Black Necklace Cords 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

What ever happened to...

While surfing the web...
I got to thinking. Whatever happened to Mikey or Mr Whipple or for that matter, whatever happend to those people and things that were so much a part of who we were. Whatever happened to:

He likes it! Hey Mikey.
To be honest, this guy got on my last nerve...

Tasted like something, dont know what but it was'nt Strawberries.

Is he still protecting the forrest?

Remember when everyone had a TV guide in their livingroom?

Come on, how many pairs of LA Gear did you have?

One, two, three. Three.

Funny, I remember the theme song but I dont remember any episodes.

I had a big crush on Ricardo...because of the Volare commercials!

To be honest I wont do the research. I prefer to think they are still out there somewhere looking and sounding just like they did back in the day. Besides, If I did find out what happened to them I'd probably be very disappointed.
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