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It's my firsLiebster Blog Award - Cooooollll

Wow my first award, well sort of.  Funny thing, my Dad used to call the kids lieblings when we were little.  It basically means kid in German.  I feel like a kid blogger so I'm happy to be recognized.   Thank you Krystle at Home Jobs by Mom for sending it to Broadcasting Sunny.  She's a great Mom blogger with great ideas. Thank you Krystle, you are the coolest!!

The Award Rules
Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link on your blog.Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a widget.Answer the 11 questions about yourself, provided to you by the person who nominated you.Give 11 random facts about yourself.Nominate 5 to 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award; who have less than 1000 followers.Create a new list of questions for the nominated bloggers to answer.List these rules in your post. (You can copy and paste them from here.)Once you have written your post and published it, you then have to inform the bloggers whom you…

10 things to do over the weekend with the family

You have a weekend coming up and you don't know what to do, so your kids end up playing video games all weekend.  Here are some ideas to get you and them out the door.

1.Take a hike  - Go to the local park or try urban hiking - hiking through the city and see if you can find something you haven't seen before.

2. Local Library - Many libraries today get their patrons in with events and activities. Reading buddies is popular at ours - teenagers read to your kids while you roam the library uninterrupted.  I would have love this when my kids were little.  And then of course there are the books, magazines and videos.  Sometimes I just walk through the how-to books just to see if I find something new.

The library can also be a source for other activities in the area.  Most libraries have a community bulletin board or flyers.

3.Build a campfire - Fall is a great time to have a fire in the backyard.  Roast hot dogs and then finish it off with some marshmallows.

4.A board game - yes, that&…

Interval Running taught me how to reach my goals

Breathing heavily, I sit on the chair, my head low, but not quite between my knees.  I can feel sweat rolling into my eyes and stinging them.  The dog runs over.  He's ready for his walk.  I have gotten into the habit of taking the dog for a walk after a run.  It is my indicator of whether I could run faster or longer on my next run.  Today's indicator said no way.  My dog finally gives up and sits in the corner. 
Slowly my breathing returns to normal.  I look at my watch.  11:50 per mile.  I added 30 seconds per mile.  OK, I thought, I'm still within the time limit of the race.It's the humidity, it's got to be the humidity.

I'm not a big fan of exercise.  I'm not a just-do-it kind of gal, I need motivation that doesn't require cliché statements.  I understand there are benefits: I can run upstairs without getting out of breath, I hike better, and I've lost weight.  These things may get me out the door but they don't always keep me running.  My…

15 tips for taking the S.A.T.s

We are blessed to live in a community that has an awesome library system.  This past weekend, not only did my daughter take a diagnostic SAT/ACT test, I was able to attend a "Tips for taking the SAT / ACT test"  Where I got lots of questions answered and a few I just didn't know.  I'm passing some of the information on to you. 

I feel I need to put a disclaimer here.  These tips will not guarantee you a good score but this is what the experts I met suggest.  Also they emphasized YOU MUST PRACTICE.

When they say you will do well on the SATs if you read, they don't mean Twilight, they mean the classics: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Dickens, Austen, WhartonThe Northeast and Southern states typically accept the SATs the Western states typically want ACT but all schools are starting to accept both.  Go to the college site to see what they wantThe average student takes the test three times, first time is their worst score, second time is their biggest jump, and the …

What do you do to protect your Online Privacy?

I read an article by AP News this morning, Study finds online privacy concerns on the rise.  I agree, more and more, websites expects you to hand over more information about yourself in order to use any of their services.  I never understood the insistence that they know where you are with their GPS.

My sister is a Human Resource administrator. She said that it is common practice for HR to search an applicant.  When I argued that that didn't seem right.  She said, "Oh they usually have nothing interesting online."  Nonetheless, here are some things you may want to consider.

I have three email addresses, one for business, one for personal and one for everything else.  The everything else email becomes particularly handy when you suspect the person asking for the email will spam you.  It is also the email I use for shops, stores or newsletters, even the legit ones.Like the woman in the article, I have an  alias.  My kids do too.  I tell them it's their stage name.I told…

Staying at Corbin Cabin in Shenandoah National Park

"A historic cabin in the wilderness.  That may be a cool place to hike to .... Wait, we can rent it?"

 We've done quite a few one night backcountry camping trips.  This time we thought we'd try two nights.  As the time drew closer, I was dreading it.  I like hiking but as I say to my husband, "there is just so many trees I can look at."

I went in search for a hike that would at least keep my interest.  I came across one with a historic cabin from 1910 in Shenandoah National Park.  When I learned we could rent the place, I was excited.  One night was available during our trip days. I took it.

The Cabin:

The cabin is situated on a river that my kids loved jumping from rock to rock exploring what they could find in it.  Although August, the water was icy cold and the air was brisk.  My husband grabbed a saw from the cabin and went in search of wood that we could have a fire that night. 

There is no electricity in the cabin so the fire was useful.  We were all…