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$1.00 off any two (2) Litehouse Products
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$1.00 off any one (1) HERDEZ™ frozen bowl
$1.00 off Two Tone Body Wash or Tone 6pk bar
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Apps That Can Help With Writer’s Block

AFM Writer's block

AFM Writer's block

 

 

Lately I have suffered from really bad writer’s block, almost to the point that I have seriously thought about quitting this whole blog thing, but I soon realized that this is just passing thing and my writing inspiration will soon return. But just in case I checked into some apps that will give my creativity a good old kick in the behind and get those creative juices flowing. Some of these apps are not free but some are. Here are a few that I have found that seem to help me. And the great thing about this paid apps you can also use them as a business expense on your taxes if you are a writer or a teacher.

 

  • Prompts- This app cost $2.99. It provides more than 1,000 starting lines or writing prompts for any new piece. As a teacher I see so many uses for this app. What a great way to include technology into the classroom.
  • Writer’s Block Buster- This app is a little more expensive at $3.99, but it allows you to search though a huge vault of questions and explanations to help those times that you just can’t seem to find anything to write about.
  • Evernote- This app is FREE. This app is especially helpful if you suffer from the scatterbrained syndrome, which I am afraid I suffer from daily. It allows you to organize your thoughts and words. Along with that it helps with your structure and content and allows you never to forget those late night thoughts. I have a friend who always seem to have the most brilliant ideas right before she goes to bed but she doesn’t write them down so by morning those ideas are gone.
  • Dragon Dictation- This is another FREE app. I love this app. It is a voice recognition app that allows me to record my thoughts. I use this daily, because let’s face it there are times when a pen and paper are just not that handy.
  • Merriam Webster Dictionary- There is a free version as well as paid version of this one. The free version provides a complete dictionary with a limited Thesaurus. The version is $3.99. It offers a full Thesaurus, voice search, and allows you to look up words without knowing how to spell it.
  • The Brainstormer- This is the cheapest paid app that I found coming in at $1.99. It helps you to combine plot, subject, and a setting that will give you a moment of inspiration. This would be great in a classroom as well.
  • Poetreat- This is another FREE one. This app can be used if you are looking to improve content. It also helps to provide structure.

With any of these apps you will soon bust down those blocks and get those creative juices flowing. So what apps have you found that help when you suffer from Writer’s block?

Holiday Gift Guide: Eye shadow Palette Eyelash Liner Makeup Kit

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Being the mom of two teenage age girls, I know there are certain things that I can buy for gifts whether it be for Birthdays or Christmas that I cannot go wrong, makeup is one of those gifts. I do not wear a lot of makeup but my girls love to doll themselves up using different techniques that they have found on the web.

So I knew when I had the chance to add this item from Tmart.com to my holiday gift guide that I jumped at it. I was impressed with the assortment of colors that was in this kit. You see my girls have very different skin tones so one color that looks on one may not necessarily look good on the other. I was also impressed with the fact that the waterproof eyeliner came with a handle and that the brush allowed for making fine details. Some eyeliners only have the thick brush that sometime lends to your makeup clumping up. This was my oldest daughter’s favorite. She loved that it was smudge proof and lasted all day. I was impressed with how happy she was with it. Sometimes teenage girls are not that easy to please.

Mikaela, my middle daughter, loved the eye shadow palette. She loved matching the color tones with what she was wearing that day. I was in awe at some of the colors she matched together. They were just stunning.

Both of my girls loved the fake eyelashes. They thought they were awesome, because they have not been blessed with long lashes. They had a lot of fun playing with putting them on and making them stay.

But eye makeup is not the only thing that Tmart sells, they have a variety of items from toys to makeup to everything but the kitchen sink. I think I am going to buy the older girls Tmart Makeup-Brushes because I know that this is a no brainer as well.

So if have a teenage girl on your holiday shopping list, take my advice you can never go wrong with makeup. At least every teenage girl wears it at least once in a blue moon.

Recipe: Stuffed Peppers

AFM Recipes

AFM Recipes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 (10 oz.) Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 large green bell peppers,
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add water to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Wash bell peppers, then cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the stems, seeds, and membranes.
  3. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Put pepper halves into the boiling water and boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove peppers from pot and pat dry. Set aside.
  5. Put onion into a pan with a little oil. Cook until transparent and tender.
  6. Put cream cheese into a bowl and stir until smooth.
  7. Add cooked rice, tomatoes, and onions. Then add cumin and oregano. Stir to combine.
  8. Mix in black beans, then add spinach; stir to combine.
  9. Stuff each pepper half with filling. Then place pepper halves in baking dish and top with cheese.
  10. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until filling is bubbly and peppers are tender.
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