Blacksmithing and Chainmaille Classes in Carroll County, Frederick, Baltimore, and Henderson, Maryland
Buying coupons may seem counter-intuitive but the returns are many times the cost.
A review and all the resources you need to get started with Livin Social, Living Socia, or possibly even Living Social!
Many people get suckered into the gambling addiction that is penny auctions. These are not normal auctions, so usual tricks will not work. I explain how you need to adjust to win a penny auction.
Cats Cradle is both a fun string game and Kurt Vonnegut's greatest work. This page contains instructions on how to play the game. As for the Cat's Cradle of life I can offer no instruction.
Team teaching is hard, and the "official" guidebooks are less than helpful with their perfect situations and easy communication. How can us lesser humans collaborate to have a successful lesson?
Go all the way around America by Amtrak trains without backtracking at all. Works with the 30 day pass! Check out my Itinerary and use it to plan your own vacation.
From a total beginner who has no SEO experience, or even online writing experience. My 5 stages of hubbing and
Walt Disney World is opening a new part of the Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland. This area will have two major sections: The Enchanted Forest and The Storybook Circus.
There are tons of rich people in the world, so why can't you be one of them? There are ways to get rich, but they require self-control. Try this 2-step method to challenge yourself.
A beautiful lacey crochet headband pattern. Stretch is added by crocheting in a hidden scrunchie at the bottom.
A few styles and updates to this classic Americana: Ways to rock a denim vest.
If you've ever been frustrated by soft or thin breading on your orange chicken- look no farther. It's not healthy, but it's oh-so-delicious.
After months of following everyone C could in her niche, she broke down and bought twitter followers. Now everyone she follow follows her back. As fake followers drop off, real ones take their place.
10 simple games for two people to get drunk! No cop-outs like movie games (drink when ____ says ____ is overdone!). Only one game requires cards.
My notes and adaptations on a vintage pattern. This spiral granny square can be combined into an attractive "field" of flowers, or any design you like. I love the fire blanket look in orange and red.
Village idiot is an easy card game for up to four players. It's fun and fast, with more engaging rules than games like BS or war. This article covers all rules you need to know to play.
What do young girls like more than dress-up? Adding board games and over-done plastic accessories is a waste of money, so why not try a DIY dress-up party? These dress up games are sure to enchant.
Hint: you don't actually have to install anything. Why does the Windows support site send you on an endless click and video loop for this??? No one knows.
How to play the lap tag game with helpful simplified illustrations showing where everyone ends up after round 1, 2, and 3. Fun AND violent!
This is an ESL game for middle school: giving directions in English. It can be adapted to most textbooks, but I used the Sunshine 2nd year Japanese to English textbook. My coteacher and I created this game to deal with the problem of having...
Mafia is a popular party game which requires only paper or a few cards to play. In Mafia (and the closely related game "Werewolves") a group of people sits around a room and tries to figure out which of them are "killing off" the others. The...
This articles goes over how to play Boom Cup (or Slap Cup), one of the best drinking games around!
There are many sets of Kings Cup Drinking Game rules so most pages end up a mish-mosh of contradicting rules. I introduce one set of Kings Cup Rules and explain it, then give a few common variations.
Single on V-day? Throw yourself a pity party or a mixer! Play games, watch some movies, and potentially drink. Ideas are outlined within.
Have a Jane Austen fan in the family? The best gifts for girls who love Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and other classic Jane Austen novels.
You may have encountered this odd question here and there while studying abroad or even living abroad in Japan. Can you eat Japanese food? Is Japanese food okay? For those of us on the JET program or coming over as ALTs to middle schools, we have...
...and everyone's informed you that it's normal for a new hire to bring gifts. For your neighbors, coworkers, principals, etc. For everyone basically. But what should you bring as Omiyage for teachers? Most people who land a job in Japan are English...
Whether you want to make hundreds of deco flowers or a few stately cameos, resin is the go-to material for small time jewelers. Resin casting is easy to do and resin materials can be bought at craft and hobby shops, but the product is professional....
Despite being this year's #1 buzzword in style, hipster is still an ambiguous term. What is a hipster? Many people still don't know what a hipster looks like, or acts like, how how to avoid being a hipster, or how to be a hipster- if you're into...
For a complete beginner to learn resin casting takes a lot of trial and error. Skip some of the pitfalls by reading this article. Whether you want to sell jewelry on Etsy, or make personal creations, resin casting creates a professional product every time. For a handmade gift that doesn't look...
To many, visiting Washington DC is a once in a lifetime experience, but those of us who live a bit closer end up visiting much more often. What do you do in DC when you've seen the National Mall about as many times as you can stand? It may seem...
In this article we'll go over the most common crochet mistakes made by beginners.
Polio is a disease which many assume has been wiped out; however it still affects people worldwide and could be imported back to the U.S. at any time via an infected person on an airplane. In 2009 there were 1606 cases total. The problem is that...
It is impossible to watch more than a few minutes of television without encountering the familiar phrase "kills 99.9 percent of bacteria" in reference to some sort of santizing product. What a generic statement: 99.9 percent. What kind of bacteria...
A review of the urban fantasy book "Tithe" by Holly Black.
It may be a general consensus among citizens, government, and any organization you care to ask, that Americans are not in the best of health. Though our life expectancies have increased to nearly double over the last century, one finds that people...
Part two of my series on improper use of Pinterest. 4 more types of Pinner who really need to change their ways.
Did you know you can sell an unwanted gift card, even a partially used one, for cash? Or buy someone's unwanted gift card balance for less than retail? There are many sites which make it easy!
Writing site "Constant Content" vets new authors with a simple test called the New Authors Quiz. I like the simplicity of it.
The first half of my series on annoying Pinterest users. This section covers spammers, incompetent people, and "Pin now read later" jerks.
A starting guide to pinterest for personal use. There are so many guides to marketing using pinterest but very few explaining the premise and how to get started and really enjoy the site. Also valuable for business owners, as spam accounts are obvious and don't help you at all in reality.
Crochet and knitting can save you money, but not if you are hoarding expensive yarn. Hoards also take up space at home. In this article I explain how to get yarn cheap or nearly for free. If you really want to save money by crocheting, and save space in your home, check this out!
Increase student motivation by effectively using groupwork in the ESL classroom.
Just a quick and easy speaking game to fill time or check comprehension in the ESL classroom.
Most people who think of applying to teach English in Japan envision living in Tokyo, Kyoto, or some other large city. In fact, such prime placements are quite rare, and the JET program doesn't place in Tokyo at all. So rather than request a popular city and end up somewhere you don't want to be,...
Japan is becoming more international every day. There are still products which cannot be obtained locally, however the real deterrent for most things is price.
The JET program doesn't place in Tokyo, in fact most applicants are placed in the countryside of Japan. Learn what you're in for before taking the plunge.
What are scaffolding and chunking? Only two of the most important teaching tools available! Use these methods to structure your lesson plan and increase students' learning comprehension.
Repetition doesn't have to be boring. Use it in a direct and focused manner, and it can be a valuable tool for ESL students. Perfecting the English accent is important if you want to be understood, and confidence in their speech increases student participation.
If your English language students aren’t participating, due to shyness, nerves, or just general teenage apathy, there are a few methods to get them to participate and increase student engagement in the subject. In this article we outline some common mistakes teachers make, and start on how to...