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Find a Clip From Your Favorite Movie With MovieClips!

I'm not the kind of person who can fire off movie lines from an impressive catalog of movies. But for those with the knack for memorizing lines from movies, you can type those lines in at movieclips.com and see the clip that goes with the quote. The site has worked with several movie studios to get the clips online and the quality of the clips is outstanding.  

I typed in "my name is inigo montoya" and found this clip from one of my all-time favorite movies, The Princess Bride. Honestly, I could spend hours on this site browsing through all the clips. Check it out and let me know what your favorite movie quote is!

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Pick a color for your next painting project

Want to give your house a bit of a facelift? Repainting a room can make a room go from "blah" to "wow" in a matter of days. But for me, the hardest part of repainting a room is actually picking a color. Thankfully, there are lots of great online tools that allow you to upload a picture of the room you are painting and try out different colors on the room to see exactly which one you think is best. Here are some of the many options: 

Colorjive - allows you to upload an image and try out either Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams paint colors or create your own paint color. No registration required unless you want to save a picture.

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Create your own Monster Mashup!

Just in time for Halloween, Oriental Trading (the website with tons of cheap party stuff) has a cool "Monster Mashup" tool that lets you create your own video of dancing ghouls using your own pictures. After you've created your video, there are links to let you easily share it via email, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and more. Have fun creating your own mashup!

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Hulu.com: A New Way to Watch TV

When I was a kid, I remember rushing home after school to watch my favorite cartoons like He-Man and Thundercats (I had a big brother so I rarely watched girly stuff). If I didn't make it home in time, I wouldn't catch the beginning of the show - or I might miss it altogether! Those were the days before we had cable TV and we only had 6 or so channels to choose from and we had to actually get up and walk to the TV to change the channel because we didn't have a fancy-schmancy "clicker." Eventually, we got cable TV and later a VCR. Finally, we could record things and watch them whenever we wanted - as long as we remembered to put in a blank tape and set the VCR to record. Fast-forward to adulthood and TiVo. Oh, how I have loved my TiVo!...

Recipes for the ingredients you already have

A few weeks ago, I peeled and sliced a couple of peaches for the kids for lunch and after all the work preparing peaches the kids barely ate any. So I was left with a bowl of yummy fresh peaches and nothing to do with them. On a whim, I decided I wanted to make a peach crisp, but needed to find a recipe that would work with the ingredients I had in my kitchen. After searching for a while and looking through several recipes, I finally found one that would work. But if I'd known about SuperCook, I could have typed in "peaches" and all the other ingredients I had on hand and found a list of recipes I could make without a trip to the grocery store. Try out SuperCook sometime! You might find it's fun and easy to whip up something tasty on a whim!

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Part 2 - Your Online Yard Sale: Craiglist.org

Craigslist logoLast week, I introduced you to the wonders of buying items off of Craigslist. This week, I'll go over some tips for selling items on Craigslist.org. Craigslist is a great online resource to unload items you no longer use and score some cold hard cash in return.

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Your online yard sale: Craigslist.org

In tough economic times, people tend to buy second-hand in order to save money. While you could spend your Saturday morning rushing from yard sale to yard sale, trying to pick up the best items before they’re sold to someone else, a better option might be Craigslist. With Craigslist, you can search local listings of items for sale, contact the sellers via email or phone to haggle over price and pickup time and location, and buy your item without foraging through bins of items at yard sales. 
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