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Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising uses for coffee filters: Tip 3

Betcha didn’t know… this surprising use for a coffee filter. Use it to line a flower pot.  Place a coffee filter in the bottom of a flowerpot before adding the dirt and plant. The porous paper allows water to drain without allowing nutrient rich soil to leak out the hole. … Read entire article »

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Avatar – Movie Review by Kate

Avatar Movie Reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking. (And can Kate add here, lots and lots of scantily clad CG Na’vi natives) Genre: Action/Adventure Plot: Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. More than ten years in the making, Avatar marks Cameron’s return to feature directing since helming 1997′s Titanic, the highest grossing film of all time and winner of eleven Oscars® including Best Picture. WETA Digital, renowned for … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Ecscapades – What your perfect ‘Snow Day’ says about you

You wake up in the morning and see that  snow has been falling all night, covering the roads and blowing into snowdrifts keeping you from your job/school/regular life.  How do you choose to spend this unexpected day of freedom?  How you choose to spend a snow day shows the activities you are longing to participate in, but rarely have the time for. See if you can find your favorite snowy day diversion and find out what that says about you… m If a snowy day means… Baking up a storm – You’re a serenity seeker! According to psychologist Kathleen Nickerson, Ph.D. (FeelBetterNetwork.com), “Bakers often tell me what a release it is to create something out of flour, sugar and butter.” Nickerson says that following a recipe’s instructions zaps stress by turning off the analytical … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: It’s a marshmallow world

In case you dare have the audacity not to read this entire post, I’ll warn you now. First I’ll rant, then I’ll craft (and this gift is one that’s tied for my favorite gift of 2009). The other contender will be featured Friday, so stay tuned. I guess my rant isn’t as much a rant as a longing. A longing for simpler times. If you read my rants, you likely have surmised that I love old music. It defines an age of innocence as it were. An age when there was nothing wrong with a little romance, knowing what you stood for and defying anyone to cross you. Yeah, I guess those are “the good ol’ days” for me. Sometimes I wonder if I was re-incarnated from World War II, Case in … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Wacky gift exchange

I am big on holiday traditions.  I think it’s the  memories of the cherished holiday traditions of our childhoods that warm our hearts and make the holidays so special.  Let me share with you today one of my family’s favorite, and  slightly unusual traditions. It’s our Wacky gift exchange.  When my family first started our gift exchange tradition, we stuck to the standard gift exchange rules: draw names, buy gifts, and exchange them.  Well, if you know me at all by now, you know that I couldn’t be satisfied with that routine for long.  Had to find a way to add a twist, mix things up and make it more challenging. So first we set a price limit  of $5 on the exchange, forcing us to be creative and thrifty with our … Read entire article »

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This Week’s Giveaway – A Cozy Christmas Eve Set

The winner of this cozy Christmas Eve set is Sarah. Congrats and Merry Christmas. We’ve sent you an email from lizandkate@live.com to get your mailing address. No giveaway this week, but make sure to check back next week for another great giveaway. Congrats to the winner of last week’s Reindeer Wrapping Set giveaway – Ryana. We’ll be sending you an email from lizandkate@live.con to get your shipping info. Thanks for visiting Coffee Break with Liz and Kate, readers, and thanks for all those great comments. This week’s giveaway - A Cozy Christmas Eve Set Includes: Laughing All the Way, a hardback Christmas book written by Sam Beeson. “What if by some strange series of events Santa can’t do his job this year?  That’s precisely what Thomas Bunk is counting on as he initiates a scheme … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Shop ’til you wonder why you’re there

I love my daughter. Really I do. She has a few quirks, though. She can’t make a decision to save her life. (Fact – deal with it.) Today was no exception. “Let’s go to the mall,” she said… On a Sunday afternoon, less than two weeks before Christmas. Had she lost her mind? “Don’t you have friends to submit to this torture without taking your mother?” I asked. And she did. Except that she’d just gotten back from a round-the-clock softball tourney in Indianapolis. And since her last game was at 5:30 Sunday morning, and she didn’t get home until about 1 p.m., her friends had conveniently made other plans. So had her brother and I. In fact, we’d been at another store when she’d called to say she was home, and made that dreaded mall … Read entire article »

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The Princess and the Frog Movie Reviews by Kate

The Princess and the Frog Movie Review by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: G Genre: Children Plot: Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes… Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 12/13-12/19

With the countdown to Christmas at T Minus 12 days, things are getting pretty hectic around here. I suspect the same is true for you guys. Although many of us are focused on the 24th and 25th, there are other holidays between now and then, believe it or not. Let’s begin with one near and dear to me – Bill of Rights Day, which lands on Dec. 15. Instead of hopping on my soapbox and stressing the importance of these rights, and turning this into civics 101, I’ll bring  you a piece of trivia that you may or may not know. There were actually 12 amendments in the Bill of Rights draft, dated Dec. 15, 1789. But the First Congress only ratified amendments 3-12 in 1791. The original first amendment would have regulated … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising uses for coffee filters: Tip 1

Betcha Didn’t know… this surprising use for a coffee filter! Shine your mirrors. A cheaper alternative to paper towels, coffee filters clean glass surfaces without leaving lint or streaks behind. Tomorrow…Tip 2. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising uses for coffee filters: Tip 2

Betcha didn’t know… this surprising use for a coffee filter – as a way to protect your china.  Before stacking your good plates and bowls, slide a coffee filter between each piece. The layer provides a cushion that protects porcelain from scratches and marks. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – Where Santa’s Village is

Yes, Santa Claus really does exist — and he lives in Rovaniemi, Finland! At Santa’s Village, you can visit Santa in his workshop and watch his trusty elves building toys and decorating for the holidays. You can also stop by one of the gift shops and pick up Santa’s favorite Finnish candies or a toy from Santa’s workshop. Apparently there is even a webcam set up to keep tabs on happenings at Santa’s Village. In keeping with Santa’s North Pole address, Santa’s Village is located in the Finnish Lapland on the Arctic Circle. The Lapland is a region that includes northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway. It is north of the Arctic Circle, an imaginary line on the surface of the earth where the sun does not rise on the winter solstice or … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how to feel less tired with peppermint

Betcha didn’t know… how peppermint can make you feel less tired.  The scent of mint increases activity in the area of the brain responsible for alertness and arousal, says Brian Raudenbush, Ph.D. In fact, research shows it can even reduce driver fatigue and car accidents.  A study at the University of Cincinnati found that volunteers who did a task requiring mental acuity finished faster in a peppermint-scented room, and other studies have found peppermint can make atheletes perform better and work harder without even noticing! So grab a candy cane and enjoy! … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Things I Love About Christmas

To celebrate this wonderful time of the year, I thought that today I’d share with you some of my favorite things about Christmas. So these are some of my favorite things about the Christmas season. Now it’s your turn, readers.  Let’s hear some of the things that you love about Christmas. ~Kate Enjoy your Coffee Break! *Leave a comment on this, or any , post to be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. Come back tomorrow for some great Christmas ideas in our Craftdown to Christmas, week 5. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – about Bananagrams

Betcha didn’t know… about this season’s hottest new game, Bananagrams. “This is one of the hottest games on the market right now,” reveals Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of Time To Play Magazine. “The object is to make your own crossword as fast as you can. It comes with a banana-shaped pouch, so it’s perfect for traveling, and there are different handicap levels, so it’s great for everyone.” Here’s an article about the beginnings of the Bananagram game… “Had a lightning bolt struck Abe Nathanson between the eyes that day, the outcome could hardly have been more, shall we say, fruitful. Four summers ago, a frustrated Nathanson was sitting at his dining room table, having lost yet another Scrabble game to his 11-year-old grandson, Aaron. It wasn’t the loss that bothered Nathanson so much. It … Read entire article »

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