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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

Keep Track of Your Books/Reading with FictionDB and FictFact

book stack imageDo you keep a small spiral notebook full of lists?  Which books you've read, which books are next in a series, new authors you want to check out?  Or maybe you've got an elaborate Excel spreadsheet, tabbed and color-coded by genre?

Well, try out two online databases, FictionDB and FictFact, that not only let you keep track of what you have read, but also what you're reading now and what you're planning on reading.  You can search by author, title, series, and more.  Each database lets you rate the books and has an extensive new release calendar for tracking newly published titles.  

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LED Vs. LCD Televisions

tv view clip artI recently started looking for a small flat-screen television to put in our upstairs game room.  I expected to be looking through the traditional LCD and Plasma options when I noticed a third option, LED.  What?  Let me state for the record that I've only bought two TV's in the last two years, and those were purchased after I had two previous TV's for approximately 12 years each.  I still have a humongous 36in. tube television upstairs.  It still works, but it takes up so much physical space I'm considering replacing it.  While I consider myself somewhat of a techie, it doesn't always extend to television technology.  

60 Seconds on the Internet

infographic   I heard this weekend that the world population will reach 7 billion people by the end of the week, so when I stumbled across this "In 60 Seconds" infographic while  browsing the web I stopped and really thought about how communication has grown exponentially in the last 150 years. 

From Your Couch to a 5K, Really!

woman joggerI don't know about you all, but I'm a couch potato, and I like running about as much as I like getting a root canal.  I might even go as far as saying I loathe it.  I often joke that the only time I will voluntarily run is if I'm being chased by an ax-wielding maniac.  I've tried running before, but the shin splints I get are indescribably painful.  As much as I detest it though, running/jogging is still one of the best ways to lose weight and get in shape.  So, it's time for me to get past the loathing, pain, whining, complaining, pain, excuses, pain, did I mention pain?, and get off the couch. 

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