Best of the Internet Goodies

Be happy art in Santa Fe - photo by MargeOver the course of April, I highlighted gifts from the internet… Internet Goodies. These consisted of links to YouTube, blogs, spyware and viruses, business ideas and forms, recipes, inspiration messages, exercise and dieting, weather websites, national parks information, home and vacation rental planning, earth day suggestions and on and on.

Over the course of the month I changed headers, added landscapes and photos, changed themes and had a blast the entire time!

Some of the best posts are listed below. They received more readership, comments or pingbacks.

Thanks for learning and growing with me. Enjoy the winners below:

Internet Goodie #29: April Flowers!

Beautiful flowers

Want to discover the secret to great gardening? If so, then the internet is the place to be. There are a host of websites to show you how to prepare, plant and harvest your crop. How to have large health blossoms, tall sunflowers and double roses. You can learn the best time to plant, what soil to use and how to weed.

Whether you want to learn about container gardening, indoor or organic gardening – the internet has the resources you need for every question you have!

Want to try your hand at organic gardening? Then be prepared for a wide range of information to get you there. Learn how to control slugs, compost and deal with deer and other pests. After your harvest, stay tuned for recipes using your delicious veggies.

Any special sites you already visit that you want to share? Let me know!

Organic Garden Blog

Vegetable Gardener

Gardening Made Easy

Profits soar as oil companies victimized again by high gas prices

Ever wonder where our dollars are going? You can bet those at Shell Oil and ExxonMobile don’t have to worry! It’s so easy for them to blame the local gas stations, when in fact, they have record earnings. It seems whenever there is the slightest unrest in any oil related country, our oil companies quickly jack up the prices and point and blame. Sadly, when that happens others join in. Fuel surcharges on airline tickets have soared — it’s another way to hike ticket prices and … point the blame elsewhere.

Profits soar as oil companies victimized again by high gas prices.

Internet Goodie #28: Show me the Money!

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Do you know where your money goes? My dollars seem to disappear … I hand some here, give some there, purchase an item, write a check, use my Debit Card and then wonder where did it go?

If you use Mint.com, you can track your spending habits over the course of a day, week, month and year. You can create a budget, review your savings and prepare taxes using this free software.

If you have financial goals you want to accomplish, Mint.com will send you a daily email so you can track your progress on their secure site.

Listen and Learn!
Another way to educate yourself about finances is to check out Clark Howard. His podcasts, radio shows, blogs, newsletters and website are full of information about products, loans, mortgages, interest rates, insurance, vehicles and on and on. Listen as you sit at your pc or download to your mp3 player.

Dave Ramsey also has a website that offers financial suggestions, motivation and hope! He advocates paying off your bills, step by step, as a way to get control over your life. His energy and information comes through loud and clear on his radio station. Check him out too.
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Internet Goodie #27: Recycle Milk Jugs

When you want to explore a topic, the internet is the place to go. People all over the world are eager to share their ideas, offer suggestions, ask questions and offer support.

In the US, milk is sold in plastic gallon containers. I wanted to know what to do with plastic milk and found a host of suggestions. Check them out …

  • Poke holes in the bottom and use as a planter.
  • Make a watering jug (fill with water, screw on the top and punch holes in the cap)
  • Make a bird house.
  • Fill with water, poke small holes in the bottom and use to irrigate plants.
  • Pot seedlings.
  • Fill jugs with water and freeze and throw in cooler.
  • Let frozen jugs of water thaw and drink.
  • Cut top off jug and use as a funnel.
  • Cut top of jug and scoop up after your dog or cat.

I’m guessing there must be an additional 100 or so I didn’t mention. Do you have any favorites?

References:

Your small kitchen garden
How can I recycle this?

10 uses for milk jugs

Internet Goodie #26: Get it right the first time

Playing with your child is important nowIt seems we all get emails urging us to check out this link, greeting card, poem, photo, etc. Some are fine, some are not so fine.

Someone recently sent me this link titlted If I had my child to raise all over again — and it really is sweet. It’s great to have a REDO which is what I call being a grandparent!

I hope you enjoy this too!

If I had my child to raise all over again!

Internet Goodie #25: Stealing on the Internet

We Steal Things.
Image via Wikipedia

The internet is the place to find what you’re looking for, isn’t it?

When you find that certain something, feel free to use it — as long as you include a link back to where you found it.

Somebody worked hard to create that sentence, photo or lyric so you must link back (that’s your way of saying Thanks!)

You can steal ideas — artists do it all the time. They look at a painting and then create a new one. The taste a dish and recreate it with an added twist, spice or flavor.

Check out this link to see an really wonderful explanation of what I mean!

How to steal like an artist: And 9 other things nobody told me!

Don’t plagiarize – honor copyright laws and search further to find free stuff. It’s there for you to use … link back to show others where you found the good stuff!

Easter, Earth & Edward Abbey (via Mama Raw)

Some people go to church on special days due to obligation or guilt or for those few because they want to be there.

Others take walks, view sunrises and sunsets and breathe in god each and every day. I prefer to be outside, moving my body, looking at the scenery and letting in sweet thoughts.Which is your preference?

My parents recently received a greeting card that reads:  "Today's Easter sermon is…where the hell have you all been since Christmas?" A similar question could be asked of me.  It has been 10 or 11 years since the Easter Sunday I last attended church.  (My long absence made participating in my father's Last Rites this afternoon all the more unusual, although I easily fell back into the ritualistic rhythm of the Episcopal Church's Book of Common … Read More

via Mama Raw

Internet Goodie #24: Meet Up

Image representing Meetup as depicted in Crunc...
Image via CrunchBase

Want to meet up with someone to expand your circle of friends? Then check out Meet Ups — there will be something there that you’re interested in and if not — start your very own and become the moderator!

For a minimal fee, you can create an interest (Sci-Fi book chats, auto repair of Mini Coopers, gluten-free baking, grandmothers raising kids, fathers of autistic children…) and invite others to meet up with you and expand on the subject.

Meet Up helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world. Enter your location and then sit back and watch all the various groups pop up. There’s no reason to not have new friends in your life … check out this website and break out of your comfort zone and meet up with someone new!

Want to join others on an early morning walk? How about meeting people that  have an interest in specific software or perhaps people who all went to the  same summer camp you did? You will truly be surprised at the wide range of groups that exist.

Go there now and check it out…

Meetup – Meetup.com

Internet Goodie #23: Happy Easter Greeting Card

Easter Bunny
Easter Bunny wishes you a Happy Day!

I posted this last April  – and thought it would make a good repost! Happy Easter to you …
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Take a moment and send someone a Happy Easter card! Sometimes it’s nice to get a virtual card with a personal message inside. They are whimsical and sweet ; easy to send and lovely to receive.

Here’s a link to Easter Greetings Card from 123 Greetings or this one from Blue Mountain.

Feel free to send me one too (nocomfortzone2012@gmail.com)

Happy Easter!