Contributor: Tara – Smartphone App Addicted Teen Infographic

Ten years ago, most kids were unaware of this thing called a “smartphone” and all of their internet access happened at home, on their family computer. Fast forward to 2014, and of the 95% of teens in the U.S. with access to the internet, 78% have a smartphone. Thanks to their devices, this generation of teenagers is more connected than ever, and the hundreds of social apps doesn’t help the situation, either.

Apps like Instagram, SnapChat, and Kik Messenger are all favorites among teenagers, as it allows them to stay in touch with their friends all day long. A school day is filled with text messages and pictures flying back and forth between social circles, and weekends just wouldn’t be the same without the ability to update every action in real-time, as it happens.

The infographic below, from TeenSafe.com, gives us a little glimpse into an average day in the life of a teen. From sunup to sundown, smartphones just don’t get a break. Check it out!

Recipe: Roasted Roma Tomatoes

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Who doesn’t love a good homemade tomato sauce?  You know what’s going into it, and you know that it’s made fresh and with love!  :)  A couple of years ago we received a LARGE batch of roma tomatoes.  So many that we didn’t know what to do with them all.  However when I found this recipe, we knew exactly what we wanted to do!  These tomatoes are yummy and can be used over meat and pasta!  ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 12 pounds Roma tomatoes
  • 4 bulbs garlic
  • 1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Roast tomatoes in a broiler until skins begin to wrinkle and become lightly blackened in spots, turning to roast evenly on all sides.
  • Once blackened, remove from heat and place roasted tomatoes in a paper bag closed tightly or in a bowl sealed with plastic wrap.
  • Place garlic on aluminum foil and drizzle olive oil over garlic; wrap foil around garlic, sealing edges tightly.
  • Roast garlic at 350 degrees until tender (about 30 minutes), then cool.
  • When tomatoes are cooled and easy to handle (about 15 minutes); slip skins off tomatoes and cut in half to remove seeds.
  • Cut tomatoes in 1/2 inch chunks; set aside.
  • When garlic is cooled and easy to handle, separate cloves of garlic and remove papery skins.
  • Add garlic to tomatoes.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat until hot throughout.
  • Can using method desired.

source: http://creatingnirvanatoday.blogspot.com/2010/09/daring-cooks-apple-butter-and-roasted.html

Heat Transfer with the Silhouette to Create Your Own Tshirt Tutorial

Heat Transfer with the Silhouette to Create Your Own Tshirt Tutorial

So this is what my family does for major events in our lives; we create tshirts.  :)  We do this for marathons, holidays, and even cornhole tournaments.  So it was obviously fitting that when we knew we were going to have two little members in our family, we had to have tshirts!  :)  They turned out SUPER cute and I just love how you can use the Heat Transfer with the Silhouette Tutorial to create your own tshirts!

Heat Transfer with the Silhouette to Create Your Own Tshirt Tutorial

You basically use the Silhouette software to create your design like you normally do. When the design is exactly how you’d like it to look, make sure you select your entire design and then select “Flip Horizontally.” This flips the design so that it cuts backwards but will transfer to read correctly.  This is an important step, so do not forget it!  :)

When you’re ready to cut your design, load your Silhouette making sure the rollers are in the proper place for the size of your heat transfer.  Also, make sure to load the Heat Transfer with Shiny side down.

Cut your design using the preset settings for the type of Heat Transfer you are using.  I would suggest add a little more pressure to the blade; it may look like it did not cut the first time, but trust me, it did.

Heat Transfer with the Silhouette to Create Your Own Tshirt Tutorial

Now is the fun/annoying part.  :)  Remove the extra material around your design after it’s been cut.  It may take you a minute to get the excess started to remove, but once you realize how the material works, it’ll take no time at all.  I don’t have the Silhouette hook tool, so I used the pick that came with my machine to help when picking out the small pieces from heat transfer lettering.

Heat Transfer with the Silhouette to Create Your Own Tshirt Tutorial

Place your design onto your shirt (shiny side up) and center it.  Then place a ironing cloth (thin material) on top of your design.  Press firmly down and iron for 60 seconds; move the iron around making sure to heat up every inch of the material.

Heat Transfer with the Silhouette to Create Your Own Tshirt Tutorial

Let the design cool for 2 minutes and then carefully peel away the shiny transfer paper. If the design looks like it’s coming up, iron once again for 60 more seconds.

Heat Transfer with the Silhouette to Create Your Own Tshirt Tutorial

Aren’t these shirts SUPER cute?!  OMG I love them!  :)  Isn’t this such an easy Silhouette Tutorial?  :)

source: http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/silhouette-heat-transfer-tutorial-cameo-giveaway

Co-Host: 83rd Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #83! You all had so many interesting posts. Just amazing. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular and then get right into our party.
The most viewed links both had to do with Google+! 
Obviously, we are not the only bloggers who are fascinated with the possibilities of Google +
Most Viewed 

Tips on using Google+ #socialmediatips #bloggingtips #Google #SEO
Very Popular

Editor’s Pick
Using pennies to decorate a cabinet #DIY #homedecor

Editor’s Note: This post was number 346 of 394 entries — so close to 400 but so far away. That’s OK…this will be the week! Now, here is why I had to select this post for Editor’s Pick…
Check out the pennies! She has decorated the side of the cabinet with over 1000 PENNIES!!! What a neat idea. I just love it!

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Recipe: Garden Veggie Rice with Pesto

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It’s time for another QUICK lunch idea!  :)  I love to make this when I want something fresh and delicious for lunch!  It’s SO good and pretty good for you!  :)  ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c white/brown microwaveable rice
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1-2 stalks of green onion, sliced
  • 4-5 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • pepper

Directions:

  • Add rice, water, green onion, and tomatoes to a microwaveable bowl and heat in the microwave for 3 minutes; let sit in microwave for 1 minute.
  • When done, remove and add dash of pepper and pesto; stir and enjoy!