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Beautifying Your Home’s Outdoor Spaces

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StatePoint—In the warmer months, the im­portance of your yard and patio becomes top-of-mind as you spend more free time outside. While there’s no better place to read a book, meditate or simply kick back with some lem­onade, you can only truly enjoy those activities if the space inspires tranquility and relaxation...

Well Deserved Teacher Gifts

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Teachers are wonderful human beings. They are the ones who instill in our children the tools to move forward in life. They are the ones who spend many hours per day with our precious gems

As the year draws to a close, I am sharing some teacher gift ideas you may want to consider for your favorite educator!!!

Oven Mitt Bag

Fill an oven mitt with goodies from classroom supplies like scissors and pencils to treats you know she may like. Then add a tag which says, “I have to ad-MITT you’re a great teacher.” Tie it all up with a pretty ribbon.

Personalized Wall Clock (for the more ambitious, but it’s so cute!!!)

You will need a computer, card stock, and a basic wall clock. You...

Homemade Things Are So Special

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Homemade things are always fun to make and a real savings as well. If you choose to give something homemade as a gift, I’m sure your recipient will be pleasantly surprised knowing you took the time to make it.

Homemade Baby Wipes

Paper towel Roll (Viva good choice)

Very good bread knife

Old wipe container or container to hold wipes (an old round red Folgers container is also great)

2½ cups water

2 tablespoons baby shampoo

1 tablespoon baby oil

Cut your roll of paper towels in half with a good bread knife

In a measuring cup, measure 2½ water, two tablespoons of the baby shampoo and two tablespoons baby oil. You can also add essential oils at this time if you want a certain...

Love of Music Leads to Bar Mitzvah Chesed Project

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Sam Goldberg and Josh Levine set out to make their bar mitzvah chesed project something unique and memorable, and at the same time make a difference in the world. They had the privilege of recording an outstanding music album, entitled Tikkun Olam (Fix the World) and their goal is to raise $45,000 to help Leket Israel lease a 15-ton refrigerated truck for one full year.

The boys chose inspirational songs from famous artists. What makes the album unique is the fact that all the tracks and harmonies are original; the boys are not singing along to recorded music, they are actually making the music that they are singing too. This was a huge undertaking and commitment as the boys spent a...

It’s Not So CORNY to Like It

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When you think of popcorn you think of fun things: movies, parties, Friday night Shabbos treats, Shabbos afternoon snacks, Shalom Zachors, Kiddushim, etc.  It’s the kind of treat you see everywhere and in which everyone likes to indulge. I want to share different variations of popcorn that you can enjoy.  It’s so much fun to change the basic nature and jazz it up now and then.  Hope you enjoy.

Colored Popcorn

(great for Shalom Zachor (blue) or Simchat Bat (pink)

2 cups sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

⅔ cups butter or margarine

6 quarts plain popped popcorn

2 packages Kool-Aid (any flavor you want)

1 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat oven to 225 F.

Boil sugar...

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