Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ventura County Fair 2009 wrist bands with United Blood Services

United Blood Services called me today... they ARE doing the unlimited-ride wrist bands for the fair. One day only to donate. August 4th. I am going to the T.O. office to do it and asking my brother and sister too so that I can get wrist bands for the kids and me too! The main number is (805) 654-1600.

They are not taking walk-ins. An appointment has to be made.

school phonics websites

http://www.starfall .com/


www.yourteacher. com

cheaper Easy Bake Oven refill cake mix

Cake Mix for Easy Bake Ovens

1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup shortening

Combine all dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. Store covered for 12 weeks.

To use: Combine 1/3 cup mix with 4 teaspoons water. Bake in easy bake ovens only.

chiff a a new Wikipedia? sorta

I had never heard of Chiff until someone gave me a link to something on this site. I have looked around a few times and love all of it. Kinda like a Wikipedia. Smaller but more details, how to, videos, educational... well, just check it out! Links on the left go to hundreds of pages!

Car Cooking- tomatoes

I was laughing so hard when I read this.. and because it was tomatoes it made me think of Brian, my brother. Not that he'd do something as crazy as cook in his car, but that he loves tomatoes.

This is from a Yahoo Group that I am in called 'The Homeschool Mom in the Kitchen'

I can't even imagine how far this can go. Even science fair projects!!!

COOKING THYME with Latimer's Kitchen: Sun Dried Tomatoes in the CAR

Well it worked! With temps around 105 today, it was a real cooker!!

I placed the 1/2 inch sliced white and red paste tomatoes on racks on a cookie sheet and put them in my car window at 10am. By 3:30 they were well done to a crisp! (Should have watched alittle more closely as they are supposed to be pliable not crisp.) I am storing them in olive oil with minced garlic in the refrigerator.

I wondered why my thermometer was registered at 108 in the car all day...
It was melted and exploded! Temps must have exceeded the 120 mark! Yikes!

And the something died in there! Tomorrow, I am drying my Basil! Hope that takes care of the smell!

Interesting experiment! Try it yourself!

leo Carrillo tide pools

We love the beach and science and exploring so we have decided to do Baby K's birthday this year at Leo Carrillo beach. They have great tide pools when it is low tide and a fun beach too. FYI- they do have camping available and a great website with 'jr ranger' information and more details about the tide pools, when it is hi/low tide, etc.

I saw this on someone else's blog and thought I'd post it here, to share with others!


For all you tide pool junkies here's the lowest tide that I know of this year:
3-Dec Thu -1.4 @ 4:17
Go to Leo Carrillo or Carpenteria to enjoy the low tides.

Ants Ants Ants learning and fun

Archibald's Adventure, Name that Pest and Pest Detectives are only a few games your kids can play as well as learning about ants and other insects that we call pests!

http://www.pestworl dforkids. org

Here are more details. Another great one from Clickschooling;

The focus is on education - not eradication of cute bugs. :)
You'll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of:

.Bed Bugs
.Stink Bugs
~ and many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers and watch a
brief introductory animated video, then click on the
"continue" button to examine the "Pest Guide from A to Z."
You'll see pictures and read fascinating information about the
useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around
our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes:

*Pest Games - Play interactive games like "Name That Pest!"
that test your knowledge of the critters in the "Pest Guide."

.Lesson Plans - Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide
grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and
behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens
and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You'll
also find suggested language arts activities and learn about
classical taxonomy.

*Report Writing - Use a 10-step template for learning how to
take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite

*Science Fair Kits - Get some student-tested science
experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can
do in your own home.

25 awesome virtual learning experiences

Another great one from Andy. He is on the internet wayyyy too much! LOL!

This are great to do with the children, homeschooling or just for fun.

Virtual trip to the moon, 7 wonders of the world, museum of Iraq, the Supreme Court and more!

Definitely worth checking out and to save to look at again and again!

Bottle Village in the Ventura County Star

This is a great article written about Bottle Village that just ran in the Ventura County Star.

I can not get the original article but this is the editorial one that was available online the next day.

There are a ton of comments in the 'comment section' too the following day.

Not that everyone had the same opinion but it is still great that the community is becoming more aware of it. Some people have lived in Simi Valley for a few decades and have never seen nor heard of Bottle Village.

Lawnmower Recycling Program Free Discount Voucher

This is a great way to turn in your clunker and get a brand new lawnmower for cheap and help with air pollution at the same time.

The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) oversees the Clean Air Fund, which was donated by Imation (formerly 3M), and is the source of funds for this lawn mower trade-in program. VCCF is a charitable foundation committed to promoting and enabling philanthropy, building long term capital to benefit Ventura County. Its four primary roles are to be a careful steward of the funds entrusted to its care, a long term partner dedicated to donor intent, an effective grantmaker focusing on the needs of nonprofits and of the community, and a community leader and convener, focusing on the common good. More information about VCCF is available at

Trade in any gas-powered lawn mower and get a huge discount on any electric mower at Lowe’s in Ventura or Simi Valley or order the 14 inch Neuton Cordless for only $89 or the 19 inch Neuton Cordless for $189 including free shipping.

Turn in your mower to either Oxnard Metal (805) 483-0512, Standard Industries in Ventura (805) 643-6669, or the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center (805) 579-7267. (Hours and directions for the Simi Valley facility may be found at Make sure you get a receipt for your old mower. Mowers must be drained of any oil or gasoline. Fluids should be recycled at your local Household Hazardous Waste program. More information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs is available at

Ventura County Air Pollution Control District staff will issue you a voucher worth $129 off the price of a standard corded electric mower or $200 off the price of a cordless electric mower. Customer pays sales tax. Vouchers limited to one per household. Call (805) 645-1408 or download here a short voucher application. Please bring proof of residency e.g. DMV ID or utility bill.

My mom told me that anyone doing this should upgrade and get a cordless one. She said just one time of accidentally running over the cord and paying to have it repaired will make up the difference you pay ahead of time to get the more expensive model.

There are a few different mowers on the website to choose from!


free movie tickets Fandango and World Market

A friend, Andy, told me about free movie tickets being given away from World Market that was good for yesterday and today only. We were at a counseling apt that was only 1 mile away so we decided to go. Most things in that store are over priced but we found a few gems! Kaela got a jump rope that has each handle spin off to be a bubble container and bubble wand. Daeton got some 'Hazardously Extreme Sour Candy' called Toxic Waste.. I remember this candy as a different name when I was a kid. I got some Clove Gum and BlackJack gum for my mom (sue used to buy it when I was a kid) and a dark chocolate candy bar for me.

I asked one of the store clerks if they were still doing the movie ticket offer and she said yes, it is printed on the receipt and if you pay for all of your items separately I can get more then one.

So, I did. I have a few. But, realized when I tried to sign up that they ALL are the same code and the free movie ticket is only for the first 10,000 people. The clerk had told me I enter the code, online, and right away print out my own movie ticket.

So, this is all a joke how they do it. It is not 'get a free movie ticket' it is more like 'you MIGHT get a free movie ticket' and only one per email address.

Since I was tricked by the World Market promo/email and told the wrong info, I thought I'd share so that everyone else can enter too! EVERY one of my receipts has the exact same password on it!

Here is what you do:

go to

enter passkey MOVIES

You will then get this:

Cost Plus World Market Ticket Giveaway

Thank you for registering. You will receive an email on August 6 (the end of the registration period) that will let you know if you are one of the first 10,000 customers that qualified for the FREE movie ticket. Winners will receive a unique promotional code via email with instructions on how to activate your code and redeem your FREE movie ticket.

Funny, even on the World Market receipt it says "enter passkey to receive your unique Fandango code and a FREE movie ticket".. and in small print.. must be first 10,000 customers to register to receive the unique code via email.

So, bummer that now I have to wait 8 days to know IF I got the free tickets or not. But, I did register under my email, my Amazon email address, Little D's email my Yahoo email and my sister's email. Why not, I bought more then one item and I have the receipt for that, right?

Pass it one! Not sure what number they are up to now!

Monday, July 27, 2009

KLOS Blood Drive free concert tickets

This is a great way to help the Red Cross with their blood banks and get free t-shirt and concert tickets too. I've been waiting to donate blood, to see if the Ventura County Fair was going to give away unlimited ride wrist bands for donating blood... but I just found out they are not doing that this year. So, driving to my dad's for dinner. Flipping radio stations (I do that ever time a commercial break comes on) and heard them talking about this on KLOS.

I went online to see if I can make an apt but it is saying that for both dates the Thousand Oaks location (closest one to me) are full but walk-in is available. I'm going to call in the morning to double check!

Read below for more details or go to their link,

You can also click to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.

CALL NOW 1-800-GIVE-LIFE! or Sponsor Code: KLOS

The 28th Annual 95.5 Blood Drive
July 28 - August 1, 2009

KLOS Live Broadcast & Host Schedule

Tues, July 28 10-2pm Cynthia Fox (Live Broadcast) Pomona
Tues, July 28 2-4pm Bob Buchmann (Live Broadcast) Pomona
Tues, July 28 2-4pm Kelli Gates Santa Monica

Wed, July 29 2-4pm Gary Moore Long Beach
Wed, July 29 2-4pm Suzanne Ansilio Santa Monica
Wed, July 29 4-6pm Frank Sontag Thousand Oaks
Wed, July 29 6-8pm Tony Scott Santa Clarita

Thurs, July 30 4-6pm Jim Ladd Woodland Hills
Thurs, July 30 4-8pm Uncle Joe Benson (Live Broadcast) Upland
Thurs, July 30 5-7pm Joe Reiling Ventura

Fri, July 31 4-6pm Frank Sontag Pasadena

Sat, Aug 1 10a-12p Denise Westwood Laguna Hills

In 1981, KLOS organized its first American Red Cross Blood Drive at Los Angeles High School, collecting 250 pints of blood. Twenty-eight years later, the KLOS Blood Drive has grown from a single-site, single-day event to a multi-site, multi-day event, making it one of the largest media-sponsored blood drives in the country.
With your help, we've collected over 105,000 pints of blood for patients who needed blood and blood products to survive accidents, heart transplants, premature births and many other ailments. This summer, we're looking to make and break records for the most blood collected, and only with your help, we can do it!

Need some incentive? Participants in this year's KLOS Blood Drive will be offered a voucher for a free concert ticket and the 28th Annual Commemorative KLOS T-shirt.

Concert tickets are limited; donors with scheduled appointments will receive PRIORITY on concert preferences.

Concert choices are as follows and provided by

(1) Crue Fest 2 at the San Manuel Amphitheatre on Friday, July 31, 2009;

(2) Journey at the San Manuel Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 1, 2009;

(3) Def Leppard/Poison/Cheap Trick at the San Manuel Amphitheatre on Sunday, September 6.

Spread the word to all the classic rock fans. Check out the 28th Annual KLOS Blood Drive on Facebook.

To make your appointment for the KLOS Blood Drive throughout Southern California, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit and enter sponsor code KLOS. Walk-in donors will be accepted at the KLOS Blood Drive, but those with appointments will be given preference.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Daily posts

By the way.. I was sooooo trying to have a goal that even if I did not post all the time, on the same day, that I would post monthly the same amount of days that are in that month! I am WAYYY behind since for the last two + months I have barely posted! LOL! I DO have a lot of things saved that I want to post so I will do that soon!


updates and Paypal

Hey everyone, I have not updated my blog in a while and intend to this week.

Please look forward to info on how to send people money on Paypal without paying fees! (hee hee- secret I found out).

And, I can ship almost anything with Paypal now. Even non-eBay payments. So, sending a box to my grandma, a book that sold on Amazon or that is from Paperback Swap, etc... you can do it with Multi-order shipping on Paypal.

The one thing that I can not ship is International- First Class. Paypal USED to allow this but changed it about a year ago (probably to make more money for the USPS). So, those items have to be brought into a post office to ship.

The kids are at Vacation Bible School (VBS) this week from 8:30-12 so after driving I have about 2 hours of free time! YEAH!!! Trying to get all my paper piles taken care of. Nice to have a few hours of 'me' time that only happens once a year!

:-) We have been busy too. Aquarium of the Pacific, California Science Center, Magic Mountain, etc. and we saw the new Harry Potter movie, The Half-Blood Price, today!

Oh, and I can't forget the Roller Derby! THAT was a blast! ! ! !


I'll update everything else soon!


yahooGroups outage....

UPDATE: The outage scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, will not take place. Instead, on Thursday, July 16th, there will be a site-wide outage impacting all Yahoo! Groups.

During this time, you will not be able to access any of your groups, and, mail will be delayed. Once the site is back up, mail delivery will resume. This outage will start at about 3pm PT (10pm UTC/GMT-to determine what time the outage will take place in your neighborhood, please visit this link: and should last roughly 2 hours.