Saturday, June 20, 2009

text message codes for everyone- FREE ;-)

Okay, so my kids are not at the age that I have to worry about them texting to other people things like TDTM or PAW so this list might be things I need to learn, for when I am texting! LOL! But, I'm sure in a blink of an eye my kids will too be at that age! Warning.. some are very crass but good to know if you have pre-teen or teen kids!

Top 50 Text Acronyms
Parents Should Know

Updated: Friday, 22 May 2009, 5:07 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 20 May 2009, 8:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) - Here is a list from of the top acronyms commonly used on the Internet and in text messages.

Top 50 Text Acronyms Parents Need to Know

1 8 Oral sex
2 1337 Elite
3 143 I love you
4 182 I hate you
5 459 I love you
6 1174 Nude club
7 420 Marijuana
8 ADR Address
9 ASL Age/Sex/Location
10 Banana Penis
11 CD9 or Code 9 Parents are around
12 DUM Do You Masturbate?
13 DUSL Do You Scream Loud?
14 FB F*** Buddy
16 FMLTWIA F*** Me Like The Whore I Am
17 FOL Fond of Leather
18 GNOC Get Naked On Cam
19 GYPO Get Your Pants Off
20 IAYM I Am Your Master
21 IF/IB In the Front or In the Back
22 IIT Is It Tight?
23 ILF/MD I Love Female/Male Dominance
24 IMEZRU I Am Easy, Are You?
25 IWSN I Want Sex Now
26 J/O Jerking Off
27 KFY or K4Y Kiss For You
28 Kitty Vagina
29 KPC Keeping Parents Clueless
30 MorF Male or Female
31 LMIRL Let's Meet In Real Life
32 MOOS Member Of The Opposite Sex
33 WYCM Will You Call Me?
34 MOS Mom Over Shoulder
35 MPFB My Personal F*** Buddy
36 NALOPKT Not A Lot Of People Know That
37 NIFOC Nude In Front Of The Computer
38 NMU Not Much, You?
39 P911 Parent Alert
40 PAL Parents Are Listening
41 PAW Parents Are Watching
42 PIR Parent In Room
43 POS Parent Over Shoulder or Piece Of Sh**
44 PRON Porn
45 Q2C Quick To Cum
46 RU/18 Are You Over 18?
47 RUH Are You Horny?
48 S2R Send To Receive
49 SorG Straight or Gay
50 TDTM Talk Dirty To Me

Magic Mountain Read to Succeed program Free Tickets

Want FREE tickets for Magic Mountain? You can register your school and receive free tickets for Magic Mountain. Go to And sign up your school with the number of teachers and number of students. You need to sign up sometime now or at the beginning of the school year and they will send you a packet in December. The tickets will not be good until June-August of 2010, at the end of the school year. Or you can call them at (866) 308-1362 for more info and to sign up!


Fun and cheap things to do in the summer

This link is from Cheap Stingy Bargins. I am not too familiar with them but I like this list.

Summer just started and if you've already run out of ways to entertain the kiddies, then keep reading. Three months can seem kind of daunting-- especially if you've got energetic youngsters to take care of. There are plenty of cheap and free ways to give them a summer full of fun memories.

Free Classes

Take your wee ones to the Home Depot the first Saturday of the month at 9am for free workshops. This summer they'll build a hardware sorter and a picnic caddy. You can also check out Michael's for free craft classes and demonstrations all summer long. Your local library likely has a long list of free summer events and activities your kids can participate in as well.

Free Treats

There are plenty of restaurants and ice cream joints giving away free treats. Here's how to get your hands on some sweet summer snacks. This Wednesday night, take the kids to Sonic for free rootbeer floats. The fun starts at 8pm and goes until midnight. If you're a fan of the Frosty at Wendy's, sign up here and you'll be able to print a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon. Friendly's is also giving away free ice cream on June 6 from noon to 5pm.

Free Camp

If your child is more interested in technology, send them to Apple camp. They'll learn how to make movies, presentations and photo slideshows on Mac computers. It's free, but you have to register ahead of time.

Free Bowling

Few places keep the AC cooler than the local bowling alley. Make plans to visit regularly by signing up for free bowling at There are participating locations all around the country. Once you register, your kids can bowl two games a day, all summer long. Adults can join in for a small fee.

Free Fun at Home

No swimming pool in the backyard? Set up a sprinkler and let your little ones get soaked. Too hot to be outside? Download these free super hero mask templates and let them create their own characters. You can also sign up for to receive free temporary tattoos while you're there.

Free Gym Membership

Get your teens signed up for a free two-month membership at Lifestyle Family Fitness. There are dozens of locations in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. You must sign up by June 30. Fitworks in Kentucky and Ohio is offering a similar free membership for teens this summer.

Free Movies

Beat the heat with regular trips to the movie theater. Head to the Regal Free Family Film Festival for free flicks every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am. Or you can head to an AMC theater for AMC Summer Movie Camp. Admission is $1, but it goes to a charity. The event runs every Wednesday at 10am from June 17 to August 5. Cinemark theaters are showing kids movies every weekday morning throughout the summer. Shows are $1 each, or you can enjoy ten shows for $5.

Free Museum Admission

With Target's help, admission is free at a bunch of museums across the US. Check out the Sponsored Happenings page to find out what is going on in your area and when the museums are open for free admission.

free concert Charlotte Diamond in Moorpark


Friday, June 26, 5:00 - 8:00pm
Bring your picnic dinner and blankets to Arroyo Vista Park in Moorpark
Call or stop by the Family Resource Center for more information and to RSVP
Moorpark Family Resource Center:-- 805/552-1917 moorparknfl@sbcglobal. net

My son LOVED Charlotte Diamond when he was in preschool and for another year two after that. She has great songs and a fun, sing-song voice! You can hear her smile when she is singing! Two favorites in our family are 'Slippery Fish' and 'Ohhhhh, I Am A Pizza' there are many more too.

This is not the way we did the song but similar.

Here are two of the 'I Am A Pizza' song. The second link is a live concert at CSUN with Charlotte Diamond.

Please make sure you call the ph # or email in to RSVP to the free concert in Moorpark. They will need an aprox. headcount.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Scam alert on Facebook

Scammers are everywhere. Be careful who you add as a 'friend' on Facebook. This is a new one that is just out but I'm sure there has been others and I'm sure there will be more to come, sadly! account for kids for college

In my opinion, this will never pay the way for your children to go to college. But, since it is free, why not let it save some money for you. There is endless ways to sign up. I am more basic. I have my credit card on it, my Ralph's card and my Von's Card. When I go grocery shopping and use my card the money goes directly to the account. It is usually petty amounts. There is a pending one right now for 7 cents. A recent one is for 15 cents. But, since my kids have years until college, this is just money that will sit there, so why not?

Right now I have almost $250.00 in there! I can designate it to one child or just leave it for either Little D or Baby K to use or another family member too!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Strawberry Jam

I made strawberry jam today with the kids. Not a huge amount but I was really craving some and had strawberries and did NOT want to go to the store to buy jam. I have two large jars (quart?) of strawberry jam and after measuring I have about 2 cups more of strawberries left but needed 4 1/2 for the jam. I could not half the recipe because the pectin came in a liquid-gel squeeze bag and I have no clue how to split that. So, with the rest I made strawberry-banana jam. The color looks a little cloudy- like the same color of the stuff that is skimmed off the top before ladling it into the jars-I'm hoping it still taste yummy.

I will make more soon and at the end of summer, when our peach tree is ripe, I plan to make some peach jam.


Summer fun

There are lots of fun things to do this summer. Yes, swimming, running in the sprinklers and just staying at home, playing with toys, is great. But kids do get bored. You do not have to spend a fortune every day to entertain either.

Some cool ones;

Ventura County Fair- there are usually two days that it costs only $1 to get in.

Summer Reading Program. Around here there are shows in the libraries in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Moorpark and Camarillo. I'm sure others a little further out too. The actual reading program is a little boring for Little D. The prizes are items like a pencil or a sticker. But the shows are great. Magicians, music, theater, a raptor show, The Reptile Family and more. Last year there were Hawaiian dancers at the Moorpark Library. At the end of the reading program there is usually a large prize. Not sure if is every year but often it is 'kids golf free' at Golf 'N Stuff.

The Regal Theater offers free movies every Tuesday and Wednesday the whole summer long. They start tomorrow. They are older movies, not new releases, but most we haven't seen.

The beach.. need I say more! :-)

There are some museums around here that are free. Travel Town by the L.A. Zoo has some locomotives that are neat to climb on and look at. California Science Center in Exposition Park is free and there is about 3 other museums that branch off from the same parking lot.

You can even go to a pet store and just walk around and look at all the adorable animals!


Tour of a blimp :-)

Cut and paste for you, another great one from Clickschooling! :-)

The Goodyear Blimp

Age Range: 9 and up (younger children may enjoy aspects of
this interactive virtual tour with parental guidance)

Most of you have seen photographs of the Goodyear Blimp flying
over the crowd at a major sporting event. Some of you may have
even seen the Goodyear Blimp as it travels through the skies
overhead. Since 1925 it has been the giant airborn icon of
the world's largest tire and rubber company. Did you ever
wonder what it would be like to get a close-up view of the
Goodyear Blimp? Well, now you can! At this website you can
learn all about the history, technology, and business of the
Goodyear Blimps through an amazing in-depth virtual tour.

When you get to the site, you'll land on the "Interactive
Tour" page. You'll see a video screen and below it is the
interactive menu you'll reference to take the tour of the
airship that includes:

*Anatomy - Explore the science and technology that comprise
all of the components that make up the blimp.

*Controls - Check out the inside of the gondola where the crew
and passengers ride. See the control panels that guide the
ship through the skies.

*Electronic Sign - Explore a timeline of the electronic
technology utilized to flash promotional messages from the

*TV Camera - The Blimp is known for providing a "view from
above" at sporting events. Find out how they do it.

*Flight Scenario - From launch to landing discover the science
behind a dirigible flight.

*Building A Blimp - Take a photographic tour of the
manufacturing process from blueprint to blimp.

*Personnel and Equipment - Meet the crew of the Goodyear
zeppelin, and check out some equipment.

After taking this tour, use the menu at the top of the page to
explore the amazing history of the blimp. The FAQs will
answer your questions about the military use of blimps, what
happened to the most famous airship of all - the Hindenburg,
and more.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

pictures from the Hubble telescope

My aunt sent this link to me! Some of the photos are amazing!

For you astronomy buffs, check out these pictures from Hubble.

Steve Spangler on the Ellen Show

I first heard about Steve Spangler from a mom on a homeschool chat group. They had a park day and had done tie-dye shirts a different, easy way. I had not attended but was instantly hooked when she posted how she did it and the link to Steve Spangler's online store. I could shop on there for hours! At Christmas time, last year, when my mom asked, "What should I get the kids?" I told her about this website and she too went crazy and spent wayyyy too much money but the kids LOVE the presents. It helps that Little D and Baby K LOVE LOVE LOVE science experiments. So, this evening, before bedtime, I showed them a new email with a video on it from Steve Spangler. Of course, they wanted more. So, I went to Youtube and we watched a few. There a a large amount to choose from but I just put a few here for you to check out and enjoy. The 'elephant toothpaste' and the girl walking across the gack are my favorites!

The reverse helium makes me want to figure out how to purchase that gas! ;-)

The last link is for the online store! They can also mail you a catalog!


clickschooling Free science videos

NeoK12: Educational Videos for Kids

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

ClickScholar Michael Grice recommended this website that
archives educational videos from across the Internet in one
place. The videos are terrific learning tools that explain and
illustrate the wonders of science to kids in grades K-12.

When you get to the site you'll see a menu of main categories
that includes:

*Physical Science - Watch videos about the atom, electricity,
gravity, laws of motion, magnetism, relativity, state of
matter, and more.

*Chemistry - View videos on acids and bases, the periodic
table, organic chemistry, etc.

*Life Sciences - See films on wildlife, insects, marine
animals, plants, cell division, photosythesis, pollination and

*Human Body - Watch information on the circulatory system,
digestive system, repiratory system, nervous system, skeletal
system and more.

*Earth & Space - Enjoy videos about comets, galaxies, the
moon, the solar system, deserts, forests, claciers, oceans,
seasons, volcanoes, and more.

You'll also find a selection of videos on other subjects such
as Social Studies, Health, Math, English, and more.

Note: In the "About" section of this site it explains that all
of the videos listed are reviewed for appropriate content for
children. Nevertheless, I recommend that parents AS ALWAYS
preview every film to be certain the content is suitable for
your own family.

Bookmark this site to use it as a learning resource again and

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Faery Hunt- vote for best theater in Los Angeles area

My friends Michelle and Jason are Faery's in this as well as their children. Please go to the website and vote. you can vote one time a day and it is over soon. We have gone to this twice, as guests of theirs and both of my children LOVED it (little D was worried it would be for younger kids and he would be bored).

Please take 2 minutes and vote! :-)


Click here and vote every day for Faery Trail Theater to win

The race for the 2009 Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Awards in the category of "Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids" is on!

The competition is getting stiffer. We have dropped from 81% of the votes to 44%. There are still 29 days left in this competition.

Please support the Faeries for the win by voting once every day.

You can also support the faeries by forwarding and enlisting friends and family to vote for us too! We would greatly appreciate the support!

You can vote through this Newsletter at the above link or by going to and clicking the Nick button on our home page daily.

You can also find the voting pages by going to GoCityKids home page at Click Los Angeles and then the category "Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids."

A win for the faeries could really help us when we apply for grants and seek angels and/or sponsors for our outreach programs.

While you're at GoCityKids, why don't you check out the hosts of this contest. If you are unfamiliar with GoCityKids, they are a wonderful reference source for children's activities and other children's services in our community and others.


A Faery Hunt continues our weekly performances. If you haven't caught the new adventure, come and see "The Lia Fail and the King of the Faeries." It is a fanciful romp through Faeryland with some of your favorite characters from the last story and some funny and whimsical new ones.

Please go to our website at for locations, dates and reservations or call 818-324-6802.

A Faery Hunt would like to thank all of the people who donated this past month. Your dollars went to support our participation in 2 events for the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society in May and June. Your donations also help us to continue our weekly visits to Northridge Hospital ICU and children's ward and our visits to Shriners Hospital for Children.

Thank you to Clif Bar for donating all of those yummy new Kids Clif Bars. They are a perfect and healthy snack for our hungry faery hunters to complete a perfect day in Faeryland.

We would like to highlight one of our faery fantastic supporters this month and her beautiful work.

The exquisitely posed faery fotos to the side throughout this newsletter are by Dorothy Wallace Photography. Dorothy Wallace specializes in magical fairy portraits of children in an enchanted garden setting with vintage style costuming & wings provided. Her work has been featured in Faerie Magazine & Somerset Studios' Life Images Magazine. Please visit her website for additional information and to view examples of her sepia & hand colored imagery at .

We like to support other faery happenings in our community. For you Faery entusiasts in Orange County, this Pixie Festival looks like a morning of faery fun :

Hope to see you soon in Faeryland.

Many Pictures Courtesy of David Hofmann
To see more click here:

Simi Valley Kings Hockey Schedule- ice

I have this song in my head, I heard it from a friend whooooo.. heard it from a friend whooooo.. heard it from a friend that there is a hockey game! ;-) Bwram bwram bwram!

LOL! Okay, I have three friends on Facebook that I went to high school with that have a mutual friend that knows all three of them from totally different places. So, we have chatted and are now 'friends' on Facebook. He plays hockey for the Simi Valley Kings and I asked about his schedule. I thought it would be a blast to take the kids to see a game. And, unbeknown to is even free! :-) So, come as you are and just come! I am going to try to take them to at least one, more if they like it. The ones that are at 8:15 and 9:45pm are too late at night but all the others should work. Call my cell or email if you want to come with us!

Simi Valley Kings end of the season schedule

Below is the list of our final games of the season at the Easy Street Iceoplex in simi. Next to the date if it says OLY it is the ice rink to the left when you walk in the building, the NHL is to the right. Only one game was not specified on the schedule. To double-check though, when you walk in, there is the dry-erase bored next to the cashier window (all games are free to watch) says Olympic or NHL at the top...look at the time slot to see the Kings game listed for the specific time...that is us. Depending on what side of the board we are on says which ice surface we're on. The schedule should be accurate though. Hope to see you out there. The team always hangs out after in the parking lot for beers and "social hour) so feel free to bring some cold ones and join us!


Sunday, Jun 28 (?) 9:45PM KINGS VS THRASHERS

Sunday, Jul 12 NHL 2:15 PM KINGS vs ACME WARRIOS

Sunday, Jul 19 NHL 2:15 PM KINGS VS STARS

Sunday, Jul 26 NHL 2:15 PM VINTAGE vs KINGS



bottle water -recycling

I cut/paste this from Tania's Tips. Funny because my dad was just telling me about this about a week ago. My reverse Osmosis is leaking and he told me that chlorine is an unstable chemical. So if your drinking water has 'that' taste. Put it in a pitcher in the fridge and overnight the chlorine will evaporate. In the morning you'll have crisp, cold drinking water.

Tania's tips;

Today's Tips:

* Something to think about: Here in our city if you buy bottled water for a family of 4 it costs about $1700 a year. If you use tap water for that same amount of water, it costs $14.

Have you heard the joke that says, "He is such a good salesman that he could sale ice to an Eskimo?" Well, I think some good salesmen got together and said "Let's see if we can sell water to people who get it for almost free from their tap." ...And it worked. They did it. I don't know about you but there are an awful lot of things I would like to do with $1700.

* Want water that tastes as cool and crisp as a mountain stream? Pour your water into a jug and put it in the fridge overnight. All chlorine and chemical taste disappears and the water is delicious.

On top of the savings... what about all of those water bottles? Yes, you can say you recycle them by putting them in the recycle container. Or you might even take them to a recycling center and get the money, like we do. But, did you think about the fact that even if the bottles were recycled it would still be better to not ever buy or use them in the first place?

I have had friends rave about something called a Clean Canteen (or it might be spelled Klean Kanteen). It is a tall metal water bottle that is washable, reusable and you do not have to worry about the weird chemicals that the water bottles can emit into the water when they get too hot in the car.

Ventura County Fair 2009 Read and Ride and wrist bands and more

It is Fair time at the Ventura County Fair Aug 5th-16th.


students can earn free carnival rides through our reading program, “Read & Ride” for local kindergarten through 8. Go to their website and print it out. Fill it in. Mail it in. There is a deadline for mailing it in.

The last 3 years (or more) United Blood Services off a free wrist band that is for unlimited rides at the fair to those that donate blood. This is a great way to save money and to go on what ever rides you want, even if it is 40xs! :-) There are blockout dates on the wrist bands. That happened to us last year and it was a bummer. I didn't notice and when I tried to turn in the tickets for the wrist bands I was told that I couldn't. :-(

There are also hundreds (seems like millions) of categories for entries at the fair. Food items, like cookies, muffins, homemade jam, best grown veggies. Table setting, Lego built items, writing, drawing, sewing, a large amount of animals (mostly 4-H clubs). And a category of display boxes (not sure what the entry is called). Most are a group of similar items all put in one display case. Some are very unique. Stamps, Legos, US military medals, I even saw a Hello Kitty one. Oh, and a fish tank display. About 200 tanks that were individual entries. Some just pretty. Others had themes to them.

Books should come out soon with more details on how to enter items. I checked with the Simi Library on Friday and they hadn't seen them yet but that is one local place that I have seem the books out for people to grab!