Blog Posts by ShiningLight

  • Free online Christmas computer games

    Looking for ways to keep your children busy so that you can put on your Santa hat and get things crossed off your list? These free online Christmas computer games are family friendly fun filled ways to have your children use their noggin. Who knows you might like them too!

    Super Santa Ski Jump

    Nutcracker Hangman

    Mixed-Up Christmas - unscramble the word blocks

    Arctic Antics - help the critters land in the water safely

    Free Reindeer Dog jigsaw puzzle

    Christmas Memory Puzzle - this is a really good one

    Christmas Matching Puzzle

    Holiday Find the Difference - I love this game!

    Elf Tic Tac Toe

    Move the Christmas Cookies - the classic 3 pole dilemma

    Dress-up the Snowman - no need to go outside in the cold

    MSN's Holiday Bejeweled - classic fun

    Preschool Games - build a snowman, snow fall, coloring

    Preschool Games- another good build a snowman game

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  • Total Recall Notice - All ready to drink cans of Slim Fast recalled

    Do Not Drink your Slim Fast. Unilever has recalled all flavors, lot numbers, and UPC codes of their ready-to-drink Slim Fast drinks in cans. The cans affected by the recall were distributed nationally. The voluntary recall is due to the possibility of contamination with the bacteria called Bacillus cereus .

    This bacterial micro-organism causes diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting in humans and is a known cause of food poisoning. The chance for serious adverse reactions are small. Unilever is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with this recall and is trying to determine where the bacteria entered the product in their manufacturing system. Slim Fast ready to drink cans are the only products recalled. Slim Fast powdered shakes and snack/meal bars are not recalled.

    Unilever is asking people to throw away their cans and call 1-800-896-9479 for a full refund. Unilever has full details on their website. Here is a listing of all recalled products .

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  • User post: What Christmas cookies do you plan on baking this year?

    This year I am only going to make 4 kinds of cookies. Everyone in my family has their favorites. My husband will eat chocolate chip with walnuts and cashews. That is his ultimate cookie. My favorite are the old fashioned cookie press, Spritz, made with almond extract. My kids really like Peanut Butter Kisses - you know the ones - a simple peanut butter cookie with a Hershey Kiss on top. I'm also going to make Scottish Shortbread just because it is tradition. What cookies are you making for Christmas this year? How many different kinds?

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    Peanut Butter Fudge

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  • Have you seen the Pink Glove Dance?

    Have you seen the latest viral video, the Pink Glove Dance promoting breast cancer awareness? The video shows Providence St. Vincent Medical Center employees dancing and having fun to Jay Sean's Down. Despite recent news about new mammogram guidelines , breast cancer awareness and pink ribbons will continue to be a hot trend.

    Medline Industries , the maker of the pink gloves, will donate a portion of the profits from the sale of the gloves to help pay for mammograms for women who can't afford them.

    Watch the Pink Glove Dance.

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  • User post: Homemade Bruschetta

    Fresh tomatoes and Italian spices make this homemade bread dish wonderful. You can make the tomato mixture earlier in the day so the spices have time to blend together. This is a great dish for kids to help you make.
    Homemade Bruschetta

    You will need the following:

    • 6 plum tomatoes, diced
    • Olive Oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • dash pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • Loaf of French bread


    1. In a small bowl, mix tomatoes, 1 teaspoon olive oil, basil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
    2. Cut French bread into 8 slices - approx. 3/4 inch thick.
    3. Place bread on an ungreased cookie sheet.
    4. Brush bread with a small amount of olive oil. Sprinkle on garlic powder.
    5. Broil (typically 500 deg. oven temperature using the top oven rack) for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted.
    6. Spoon tomato mixture on top of bread.


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  • New Music Releases for December 2009 - the perfect stocking stuffers

    Plan on purchasing the cd, downloading into your Ipod, or borrowing from a friend the following new music releases for December 2009. Hey moms, don't forget these would make great Christmas stocking stuffers!

    New Music Releases for December 2009

    December 1st - R. Kelly - Untitled

    December 1st - American Idol, Allison Ireheta - Just Like You

    December 1st - Johnny Cash - Best of the Best

    December 8th - 30 Seconds to Mars - This Is War

    December 8th - Jimmy Buffet - Buffet Hotel

    December 8th - Lifehouse - Smoke and Mirrors

    December 8th - Snoop Dogg - Malice N Wonderland

    December 8th - Usher - Monster

    December 8th - Glee: The Music Volume 2

    December 8th - Dwight Yoakum - Dwight Live

    December 15th - Chris Brown - Graffiti - It will interesting to see if people buy this.

    December 15th - Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy - new father to be chooses baby name

    December 15th - Alicia Keys - The Element of Freedom - Tracklist

    December 15th -

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  • Winter Driving - A survival kit for your car

    Things to keep in your car for winter driving

    Flashlight, extra batteries and extra batteries for your kid's DS Lite
    Orange cones or flares to place in front and behind your car, bright cloth for hanging on antenna
    First aid kit - and extra prescription medication
    Ice scraper and window brush, extra window washer fluid - instant ice off spray - WD40 Books -small games - stuff for kids to do.
    Cat litter or rock salt ( this add weight to your car and can be used under stuck tires )
    Small shovel
    Blankets, extra gloves, hats and socks
    Granola bars, hard candy, sugarless gum, dried fruit, a small supply will keep kids happy
    Extra formula and baby food
    Extra diapers
    Bottles of water - no pop for kids
    Cell phone and car charger
    Money - if you call a tow truck company, and they show up - they might not take credit cards or checks.
    Stay calm. You don't want your children to pick up on how frightened you are

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  • User post: Seasoned Red Potatoes

    This side dish is so easy to prepare, you will make this all the time. Serve with soup and salad for a great healthy dinner. You can also add shredded cheddar cheese when it comes out of the oven. But you certainly don't have to. They are delicious plain! Seasoned Red Potatoes

    You will need the following:

    • 12-14 small red potatoes
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Place potatoes in an ungreased 3 qt. baking pan.
    3. In a small bowl, mix oil, butter, and spices.
    4. Pour over potatoes.
    5. Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes. Stir after about 30 minutes.

    This serves 5 people.

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  • Be careful shopping at Best Buy on Black Friday 2009 - Best Buy Return Policy

    Do you plan on shopping at Best Buy on Black Friday? Well, you might want to reconsider. Picture this: On Black Friday, you brave the crowds and go to Best Buy. You buy the perfect Christmas present. You put it away when you get home. A few days before Christmas, you go to assemble the "perfect gift" and it is defective. You can not go to the store and return it in time for Christmas. You have to contact the manufacturer.

    Best Buy Return Policy

    I went to Best Buy over the weekend. I purchased a nice camera for my son's birthday next week. The cashier told me Best Buy's Return Policy. You have 2 weeks to return defective items to the store. That seems a bit tight. The cashier explained that if the shutter on my camera didn't open and it was after 2 weeks from when I bought it, I would have to contact the manufacturer. Do you know what a pain that would be?

    According to Best Buy's website:

    "Exchange and Return Period"
    "Exchange or return your item anytime from

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  • User post: Southern Pecan Pie

    This recipe comes from my dear Aunt Martha who is truly a Southern Belle at heart. Along with making homemade chocolate and yummy candies, she is a pie baker who knows how to make the perfect crust. For this recipe, you can use store bought crust or make your own. The sweetness of the filling is what matters in this Southern Pecan Pie recipe.
    Southern Pecan Pie


    You will need the following:

    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup dark Karo syrup
    • 1 cup pecans, chopped plus a few whole ones for decorating the top
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • dash of salt

    1 - 9 inch store bought pie crust or make your own.


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Beat eggs with mixer on medium speed in a large bowl for 2 minutes.
    3. Add remaining ingredients.
    4. Stir until the grainy sound of the sugar is gone.
    5. Pour into unbaked pie shell.
    6. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
    7. Insert a knife in
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