Monthly Archives: June 2012

June 30, 2012

One Coupon I will never use

Okay there is a coupon for everything and everything has a coupon. I am a coupon shopper but some things you should just pay full price for or not pay anything at all. In the rush to find true love leads you to this conclusion I would suggest another path. That is unless your name is Julie. If you need a good laugh. Then go ahead and click on this link it will make you thankful for the love you have. You can buy your very own husband for 25% less today.


June 30, 2012

Convert your movies

I am so excited. I am watching movies of my kids that were stuck on vhs tapes and our VCR broke a long time ago. This is converter is easy to use and guess what it is so much cheaper than paying someone else to do it for you. I saved hundreds. I now have my wedding on dvd and my kids first years. I can’t tell you how much it means to me it is really priceless. I thought this could be a side business for someone since the equipment is so cheap!

I have tons of videos and old movies. I had no idea how to make them into to DVDs. I searched on the internet and I found the Sony VRDMC6 DVDirect Compact Size DVD Burner with AVCHD Recording. The reason why this device is so important to me is having my memories on tape where I can’t access them is the same to me as not having them. We made a collection of all the videos we had of the children and our lives and we sent them to family members that do not live near us so they can enjoy the memories we are making with our children. The kids love watching themselves on video when they were babies.


Ask a Nurse: 10 Things I learned from my special needs friends

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters. To see all Ask a Nurse articles click here.

10 Things I learned from my special needs friends

I recently volunteered at a camp for developmentally disabled adults. My children and I have done this since 1998. I had some major surgery on my foot a few years ago that didn’t heal well, so we haven’t spent the entire week for a while. Some of our campers have been coming since my first year, and have enjoyed watching my six children grow up. My youngest, Katja, and I had such a great time seeing all of our old friends and meeting some new ones! They are family…coming to Camp Hebron is like coming home for us! I wanted to share with you some truths I have learned from my special friends, so here we go!

  1. A smile from your heart speaks louder than a thousand eloquent words!

Make eye contact and smile at people! You can be having the worst day ever, when you pass someone who gives you a genuine smile. Suddenly, things just don’t feel so bad!

  1. Don’t take life too seriously! Let loose and be goofy, laugh often and discover how great this makes you feel! Camp is the perfect place to be silly, of course, but being silly at home is so much fun; you really should try it! Our house is loud and filled with laughter when all my kids are home. We thrive on goofy moments and I think it makes our home a happy one.
  2. Anytime is a good time for a dance party! Why wait for a special occasion? Make any day a special occasion with twinkly lights, friends and good music!  If dancing breaks out, get in there and dance!
  3. There’s always time for a hug. Many people live their adult life with little or no physical contact with others. We were created to give and receive love and affection through physical contact. A hug can say, “I love you,” “I’m sorry,” “I’ve missed you” and many other sentiments. I think some people are afraid they will be rejected or offend someone if they give them a hug. A simple, “can I give you a hug?” or “would you like a hug?” will help solve that problem.
  4. You’re never too old to play. Many of my friends at camp have not outgrown playing. You might see them rocking or dancing with a baby doll or enthusiastically coloring in a coloring book. How long has it been since you’ve colored in a coloring book? How about since you’ve blown bubbles and watched them swirl in the sunlight? I find both of those activities extremely relaxing. If you don’t have children or grandchildren, borrow a friend’s child for a few hours or offer to volunteer in the pediatric ward of a local hospital. Bring some toys to play with, crayons, coloring books, and bubbles. You will not only have fun and decrease your stress level; you will make a child happy!  The picture below shows our counselors at camp waiting for our campers. They are all busy coloring, with not a camper among them!



  1. Find joy in simple pleasures. Some of you may remember my dear friend, Jess, who passed away this past year. Jess loved sunshine! She loved to feel the warm sun on her face and loved to rub her hands on a warm windowsill. I can still see her look up toward the sun with a big smile on her face!  We often surround ourselves with so much outside distraction that we lose our appreciation for the simple joys of life. Turn off the TV, radio, iphone and computer and take notice of what you take pleasure in. Is it the soft grass under your bare feet? The sound of birds singing in your yard? The beauty of colorful flowers? How about the explosion of flavor as you bite into a just picked blueberry? See what simple things you can find pleasure in this week.
  2. Serve others cheerfully! My special friends look for ways to help out and serve others. Almost every meal we had campers offering to clear our table and wash it off (sometimes before we were finished, they were so eager!).  Back and neck massages were tirelessly given to staff, chairs were set up and put away when needed; all with a smile. I really learned a lot about how to serve others and work with a cheerful attitude that week. What can you offer to do for someone else this week? Maybe you can just quietly do someone else’s job to bless them! You will find that along with making someone else happy, you will feel joy from giving.
  3. Don’t be afraid to share whatever talent you have! Oh, how I wish we all could be more like my special friends in this way! We had a talent show one night and almost every camper got up on the stage and shared a song, a poem, or a dance. Most of them were not shy about getting up front. Those that were went up front with support from their counselor or another camper. The talent show is a favorite night for all! Any staff that can get to it (kitchen staff, support staff, etc.) try to be there. Although he didn’t know any chords or notes, the guy in the leather jacket above just strummed away, singing a song he made up as he went along about how wonderful his parents were (“my mom…is so young…and beautiful!) and how great his counselor was! I think I saw a few tears besides my own.

  1. Slow is OK. In our fast-paced society, many of us cannot tolerate slow people, slow traffic, slow grocery lines or pretty much anything slow. Slow is one of the first things you learn when working with special needs people. It takes many of them a long time to get from point A to point B. We need to step back and realize that this is ok. We can start to notice more of those simple pleasures when we slow down. It doesn’t upset my campers when it takes 8 minutes to take their medicine, why should it upset me? I always need to re-set my internal speedometer when I work at this camp, and once I get re-set…it feels GOOD!
  1. Forgive and forget. It is very easy to misunderstand some of my friends. Sometimes they get very frustrated when I can’t understand them. It must be so hard to not be able to get people to understand you! Even though they live with this, they still are quick to forgive! When one of their friends hurt their feelings, they are quick to forgive and forget. I wish we all could be more forgiving of each other’s faults! Even when we do forgive, we often don’t forget. We bring up past misdeeds with each other and hold grudges. We all make mistakes; wouldn’t it be nice to remember that?

I hope you learned something along with me today.  I am always happy to receive your mail at [email protected]!  Let me know if you have a topic you would like me to cover in a future article.

Be Well,

Nurse Pam


June 30, 2012

Kids Summer Bucket List

Kids Summer Bucket List

Kids Summer Bucket List

Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Today, June 20th is Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year and a perfect time to make goals or “bucket lists” for your summer!

Summer Bucket List

Construction Paper

1. Create a list with your child of activities they would like to do during their summer vacation.
2. Cut a T-shirt shape out of construction paper and label each “shirt” with one of your bucket list items.

3. Hang a string on the wall and attach each shirt to the line.

Educational Activities:

  • Make some of your bucket list items into goals. For instance we writing the alphabet for my 3 year old and learning colors for my 1 year old.
  • Math: Use different colored paper to create the t-shirts and create a pattern with the colors. Have your child identify the pattern.
  • Writing: Have your child write about each activity after you complete them.

Thanks Momondealz’s!


June 29, 2012

Fashion Friday: Branding your business


I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!


  I know this isn’t the typical fashion friday. I am however in the process of ordering some great stuff for less than $20. I thought I would share. I get so many compliments on my Madame Deals stuff. I try to wear my brand when I can to increase interest in my business. I think it is a huge help to your business to brand yourself. If you are not talking about your brand than who is. I just ordered my 6 gifts for under $12.00 including shipping.


June 29, 2012

Crafting with Kids: Vacation

While vacations are great, they can also be stressful for both kids and adults a like. Even if your little ones aren’t stressed out but, you are, they can tell. It doesn’t matter the reason causing the stress, if they can sense that you are stressed out, they too will become stressed out. Which typically doesn’t help the “relaxed” feeling vacation is supposed to bring.

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How can we minimize vacation stress?

One of the biggest ways to minimize vacation stress, is to do your best to keep to your routine. You and your kids will appreciate this. For example: if you typically do art after nap time, than continue doing that while on vacation.

How do I continue art while on Vacation?

Just keep up with your normal routine as far as art time goes. Try to keep the timing about the same as well.

What should I take with?

There is no reason to take all of your crafting supplies with you on vacation. That would be crazy.

All I suggest that you bring are: a handful of construction paper, a glue stick, markers or crayons, and a few pieces of white paper (or a sketch pad). If you are feeling adventurous, take along some of the small finger paints (this is one of our favorite sets). I suggest putting in a ziplock for transportation (better safe than sorry). You can bring a whole set of paints or, just a few. Either way, it is another option for your child to be able to create something.

I also suggest that if possible these items have their own backpack or small bag so they are easy to transport and find. Nothing is worse than knowing you brought something with you but not being able to find it because you don’t know which suitcase it ended up in.  

Keep it Simple

There is no need to go over the top with art projects while on vacation. This is just simply to keep your child’s routine.

What types of art projects should we do?

This depends on your child’s age.

Our favorite things to do on vacation are to use a sketch pad and have our kids draw something from the day and color it (or paint it). The beauty of this is each child can interpret it they way they want to. They don’t need to be able to draw full pictures for this to be done.

Another project we do is use what is around us and paint with it. Check out the directions here.

What to do with the art projects you did

You can take them home and punch them with a 3 hole punch. Tie them with a ribbon and you created a memory book that was illustrated by your child.

You can also have your kids create a photo book with pictures from the trip. Check it out here.





Meet Stephanie! She’s a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!!


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