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No Excuse List

no excuse listStart the new year by learning something new with the NoExcuseList free resource directory. Take a free online class from Yale or Stanford (no credit), learn how cook from the Reluctant Gourmet, build a bookshelf and more with Instructables, or write computer code courtesy of Codeacademy. Visit the NoExcuseList and discover more than 50 free online resources.

 Remember, it's all FREE. So, no excuses, it's time to get started.

Name that Tune!

tv pictureDo you ever find yourself watching a television show when suddenly you hear a great song playing in the background or you hear a new song on the radio and you keep driving around the block to discover the artist?

Well, the next time that happens, check out a few free apps and websites that will find the song and artist in just a few clicks. You can even find songs you hear in advertisements.  

 

Organize Your Digital Life with Evernote

evernote graphicTame the web and organize your digital life with Evernote, a free software program that lets you save, sort, and share websites, documents, pictures, emails, voice memos and more. You can download the free program to your computer and the free app to your smartphone or tablet. Watch a short video about Evernote.

The Food in My Beard

the food in the beard design logo"The Food in My Beard"  That's right, besides having the most awesome title ever, this "food lovers" blog serves up tasty recipes from the bearded one himself, Dan Whelan.  Seriously, how do you not love a cooking site that has a "Stubble" section (where Whalen focuses on basic cooking skills and dishes)? Check out the recipe for Lasagna Timpano, where Whelan gives step-by-step directions for making a mouthwatering multi-layered, "multi-flavored" lasagna.

Visit the website, The Food in My Beard, or Facebook page.

Flower Power and Plasma Tree

plasma tree exampleflower power example

Do you find yourself sitting at the computer thinking, "You know what would be great, an interactive website where I can draw pictures and designs composed completely of iridescent flowers, or perhaps grow my own plasma tree in a matter of seconds." Well, wait no more.  Check out two fun websites fit for the whole family at FlowerPower and PlasmaTree, both courtesy of OpenRise.com, a Swiss website management company.

 

6 Free eBooks with NOOK For Web

nook for web promo imageBarnes & Noble is introducing NOOK for Web and they are "giving away" 6 free eBooks until July 26, to promote the new service which allows you to read eBooks directly from their website.  No downloading required.  Follow the directions below to take advantage of the offer.  Only three days left!

Broken Glass Candles

multicolor glass jar candlesI love these broken glass candles.  The creator used simple glass containers, broken windshield glass, clear votive holders, and color changing votive lights. I've noticed that LED lights are very popular now as well, I've seen them inside candles and other light fixtures that would traditionally hold a candle. These are perfect for my house since I have a young child and do not want to have to worry about accidents and visits from the fire department.  Now, since most of us probably don't have broken windshield glass laying around, I think glass marbles would be a great alternative for the glass filling.

Creative DIY Bookshelves

ladder bookshelvesTake a look at 25 creative and fun bookshelves you can make at home.  I love #3 (pictured right) and #4, the ladder bookcases. I'm thinking you could probably spray paint the ladders to have them blend in with the color scheme of your home or you could try to find ladders that would coordinate with a specific design theme. Maybe old wooden ladders for a western/country feel or shiny, silver aluminum ladders for a more industrial design. I also love #24, the stacked benches. Genius! And don't even get me started on #23, spice racks attached to the side of a dresser. Love it!

Hubcap Art

hubcap fish sculptureHubcap art?  Two words most people would not normally associate together, but check out this fabulous collection of hubcap metal palettes and sculptures featured on Nosh by ArtFire.  

Also, take a look at the Gallery of Metal Canvases at the LandFillArt Project, an "international effort encompassing one-thousand-forty-one (1,041) artists to claim a piece of rusted metal garbage and create fine art." 

Travel Apps

travel collageI discovered a new travel app a few weeks ago, TripIt, that takes all your travel reservations, confirmations, and more and creates an itinerary custom built for you. This got me wondering, what other travel apps are out there that can make getting to your destination a bit easier.  Check out these articles spotlighting some of the newest and most useful mobile apps to get you where you're going, many of the apps also have websites if you prefer.

Travel Plans

10 best travel apps for frequent fliers - Gadling

The best travel apps to ease your journey - MSNBC

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