Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Geekiest Hobbies

As busy as we all are, most of us have a little free time now and then. Maybe you knit or crochet, or play golf or tennis. Maybe you talk walks with your pet or relax with a good book or go to the movies.
But if you're a geek at heart, you just might spend time doing one of the following eight favorite geek pastimes:


1. LARP - Live Action Role Playing
2. Being A Trekkie (now known as a Trekker)
3. Collectible Card Games - like Pokemon and others
4. Star Wars - anything and everything about Luke and friends
5. Regular Role Playing Games (like Dungeons and Dragons)
6. Collecting Comic Books
7. Blogging
8. Geocaching

Geek Enough Said shirt

Geek Enough Said by geek_gear of Union Eight

Yellow Warning Geek Zone shirt

Yellow Warning Geek Zone by geek_gear

Blogger shirt

Blogger by geek_gear of Union Eight

Funny Geek Jokes

Why is it that programmers always confuse Halloween with Christmas?
Because 31 OCT = 25 DEC.

Q: What's the difference between civil and mechanical engineers?
A: A mechanical engineer builds weapons, a civil engineer builds targets.

If at first you don't succeed; call it version 1.0

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Don't Forget Breast Cancer Just Because October's Almost Over

Having a month designated to raise awareness about Breast Cancer is really important. The whole world seems to go pink in October, from grocery store products to magnetic ribbons on cars.

Pink Ribbon Heart Butterfly Keychain keychain

Pink Ribbon Heart Butterfly Keychain by pinkribbonshirts

In October it seems we all remember someone we know who suffers or has suffered from breast cancer, and then we move right into the holiday season without a backward glance. I hope this year you will keep on remembering and not put away your pink just because you change the calendar from October to November. Breast Cancer awareness can be a year-round thing.

Breast Cancer T-Shirt I Wear Pink for shirt

Breast Cancer T-Shirt I Wear Pink for by speakupdesigns

  • 178,480 NEW cases of breast cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2007

  • approximately 40,460 women died of breast cancer in 2007

    So please, don't put away that pink shirt or keychain! Use it all year round and help raise awareness about this killer.

    From the American Cancer Society: "A woman’s best overall preventive health
    strategy is to reduce her known risk factors as much as
    possible by avoiding weight gain and obesity, engaging in
    regular physical activity, and minimizing alcohol

    Personalized Pink Ribbon Heart T-Shirt T-Shirt shirt

    Personalized Pink Ribbon Heart T-Shirt T-Shirt by

  • Monday, October 27, 2008

    Celebrate Your Anniversary In Style

    50th Wedding Anniversary T-shirt shirt

    50th Wedding Anniversary T-shirt by 50thanniversarygifts

    A couple of years ago my in-laws had their 50th Wedding Anniversary. By some standards it was a simple affair, just family and friends getting together for an evening of remembering and celebrating a very special marriage and the happiness that came from it.
    But when that marriage produced nine children, 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, then it became something worth shouting about! I wish you could have seen all the excitement in getting ready for the big event. Anniversary presents were bought, a lovely anniversary cake was ordered and the church was decorated with flowers and all the trimmings for the big party to celebrate 50 years together. The highlight of the evening was the music, with my aunt singing the same song she sang at her sister's wedding reception 50 years before, and all nine children doing a performance of a historical song and skit they had put on when they were kids, for a PTA program their mom had "volunteered" them for. It was so funny! The night was a special one for my mother-in-law who had looked forward to it for years. I'm so glad she has those memories as she is now a widow.
    So when anniversary time rolls around, get out and celebrate. Do it up big and party till the cows come home.

    50thanniversary2 stamp

    50thanniversary2 by wedding_anniversary of Union Eight.

    Sayings And Sentiments For 50th Anniversary Couples

    "Newlyweds become 'oldyweds', and 'oldyweds' are the reasons that families work." -Anonymous

    "A 50th Anniversary Should Celebrate Half A Century of Bliss."

    "Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle." - Amy Bloom

    "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." - Mignon McLaughlin

    50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts shirt

    50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

    Sunday, October 26, 2008

    Adorable Noah's Ark Kids T-shirts

    I get invited to a lot of baby showers. It is always fun to take something a little different than the standard layette sets, bags of diapers or packages of tiny socks. I'm always looking for cute clothing or special gifts I can buy ahead and hang protected in my closet until the next shower date arrives. My husband will ask me what all the baby clothes are doing there (since our youngest is now 12). I remind him that I always try to be prepared with gift items as babies just seem to keep coming to my friends and family members!
    For religious friends, I try to find something extra special to reflect their beliefs for their family. What could be cuter than Noah's Ark? All those sweet animals marching two by two or tucked in together on the ark are just the thing for a new baby to wear. Here are some darling examples I found at Cowpie Creek:

    Two By Two T-Shirt shirt

    Two By Two T-Shirt by CowPieCreek of Union Eight

    Noah's Ark T-Shirt shirt

    Noah's Ark T-Shirt by CowPieCreek of Union Eight

    Here's a really cute Noah's Ark poem for kids:
    The day that all the world went dark,
    We were safe inside the ark.
    And when the land had turned to mud,
    Noah saved us from the flood.

    Because he'd done as he was told,
    We were safe inside the hold.
    He led us in just two by two,
    Until the ark looked like a zoo.

    And now good children everywhere,
    We hope that you will always care
    For all we creatures great and small,
    That Noah saved to see you all.

    by by Porter G., Hilda Offen, Pradera, Esme Eve, Alan Jesset, Richard Hooke

    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Orlando Is A Great Place For A Wedding

    When I was talking with my sister-in-law a few months ago, she told me my nephew had been married at Disneyland in a beautiful ceremony complete with Cinderella's coach and all the trimmings as only Disney could do. That got me to thinking... surely Disneyworld in Orlando must do weddings also.

    Orlando Bride Cake shirt

    Orlando Bride Cake by TeeShirtsTShirts of Union Eight
    And they do! You can choose from five different locations to be married and there are many packages available to make your day as memorable as your love for each other.
    Here is the Disney Orlando wedding guide:
    Disney Weddings.
    I was amazed by all the wonderful wedding and honeymoon activities offered. And Disney will do everything from providing solo musicians to baking a fairytale wedding cake for your occasion. Start planning early and be prepared for making memories to last the rest of your lives together.

    Orlando Bride Cake stamp

    Orlando Bride Cake by TeeShirtsTShirts

    If you want to feel like a princess on your special day, Orlando is the place to tie the knot.

    Pink Flower Princess Bride shirt

    Pink Flower Princess Bride by TeeShirtsTShirts of Union Eight

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    It's Time For Santa To Start Making His List

    It's time for Santa to start making his list. Christmas shopping will commence in earnest barely after the Halloween trick or treaters have polished off those candy apples and Hershey mini's.
    With the economy in a downturn, parents may be depending more on Santa this year to supply Christmas Day goodies for the kids. So it might be a good idea to make sure your kids are in Santa's good boy and good girl book. Better yet, why not tell Santa right up front about your little one's virtues? Make sure they dress the part so Santa doesn't have to look too close.

    Nice shirt

    by teewitbaby of Union Eight

    But don't get mixed up and put this funny tee on your little treasure:

    Naughty shirt

    by teewitbaby
    And it certainly won't hurt to sweeten the pot when Santa stops by on Christmas Eve. Why not leave a little present for Santa to go with his milk and cookies?

    I Never Met a Cookie I Didn't Like shirt

    I Never Met a Cookie I Didn't Like by teewit baby of Union Eight

    Hopefully a little advance planning will help loosen the drawstring on Santa's bag and he will leave presents in abundance for the kids at your house this holiday.

    Monday, October 20, 2008

    Even A Mom Has Her Dreams

    I may be an almost 50 year old mom of many, but I used to be a spring chicken. In my younger years I was fascinated with the beautiful harem girls and princesses of the wonderful old Hollywood movies like The Sheik, Road To Morocco and The Thief Of Bagdad, and one of my secret dreams was to learn how to belly dance. That's back when I had a shapely belly!
    Many classic movies and romance novels later, I still find it a lovely dance art but I'd rather watch a movie with my bowl of popcorn than learn to gyrate correctly myself.

    Did you know?
    The costume now associated with this dance is called the bedlah in Arabic (meaning "suit"), and was adopted by dancers in Egypt in the 1930. (as per wikipedia) Traditional dress for the dance included more covering of the body. The western costume we think of today is not traditional at all! But it sure is a lot of fun.

    Not sure you want to show your curves in a bedlah? How about donning a t-shirt with a beautiful belly dancer design. It's the perfect Halloween costume for moms like me who want to cover a little more of their belly than a harem girl might. And for more mature chicks like me, it's a fun way to still celebrate the lovely art of belly dancing.

    Belly Dance Wear T-shirts shirt

    Belly Dance Wear T-shirts


    Belly Dancing Dance Wear T-shirts shirt

    Belly Dancing Dance Wear T-shirts


    Belly Dancer Wear T-shirts shirt

    Belly Dancer Wear T-shirts


    Saturday, October 18, 2008

    My Favorite Fall T-shirts

    It is the height of autumn in Pennsylvania right now where I live. The colors are gorgeous as the leaves on our maple trees have turned those beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red. The air has taken on a crispness and everyone's porches are covered with pumpkins and mums.
    Here are some of my favorite fall t-shirts for the family to wear to celebrate the Harvest season and that fun Halloween holiday that is coming up soon:

    Cool Halloween T-shirts shirt

    Cool Halloween T-shirts

    Halloween Witch T-shirts shirt

    Halloween Witch T-shirts by

    Halloween Pumpkin Fairy T-shirts shirt

    Halloween Pumpkin Fairy T-shirts by halloween_tshirts

    Thursday, October 16, 2008

    When A New Baby Is On The Way

    I was talking with my son last week and he informed me that he and his wife are thinking about adding baby #2 to their family. Of course that is exciting for us as grandparents! We love our little granddaughter very much and think she would be a great big sister.

    Big Sister shirt

    Big Sister by teewitbaby

    Being a young Dad or Mom is not easy. But they really enjoy being parents. Little do they realize that becoming parents again is nothing like the first time around however. Now they have their first bundle of joy to care for in addition to going through the nausea months and sleepless nights of a newborn. It will be fun to see them rise to the challenge. We look forward to that special phone call when they ring us up to say "you're going to be a Grandma and Grandpa again!".

    Going to be a Daddy Again! shirt

    Going to be a Daddy Again! by MotherandFatherGifts

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    Surprise Grandma And Grandpa With T-shirts When They Visit

    I was watching t.v. this afternoon and an ad came on for It advertised 101 things a Grandparent can do with grandkids, so I checked out the site. There are a lot of ads to wade through but also some great info. The 101 things for grandparents has a dropdown so you can pick the city nearest you and look for cool activities and places to visit right where you live.
    I picked Baltimore, the biggest city in our area and was pleased to find a place called Amazing Glaze where kids can paint pottery for firing. Also stores like aMuse Toys and Build A Bear Workshop. Best of all were the museums, some of which I'd never heard of before: Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore Public Works Museum, Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Babe Ruth Birthplace and Official Orioles Museum. And that is just a few.
    Certainly there is plenty to do in Baltimore for a Grandma and her grandkids. And you just might want to bring Grandpa along too.
    So check out your closest city and see what's brewing. You're bound to find something to do when Grandma comes to visit. Just give her a list of fun places to go, a GPS, and a cool new Grandma t-shirt to wear while she's with you.

    Grandmas Are the Best shirt

    Grandmas Are the Best by familymembers
    Roses and Daisies World's Best Nana shirt
    Roses and Daisies World's Best Nana
    by familymembers

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    I'm In Love With These Cool Guy T-shirts

    When Christmas shopping time rolls around, it's always my husband that is hardest to buy for. After all, how many ties does a guy need? And I've bought him books for the last three years running. He has every wrench known to mankind.
    So when I saw these funny guy shirts I immediately thought Christmas shopping. What man wouldn't love this one?

    Atomic Billiards T-Shirt shirt

    Atomic Billiards T-Shirt by sagart1952

    Or how about this? Couldn't you see your hubby working in the yard in this fun shirt on a Saturday morning while wishing he was out fishing?

    Get Reel Fishing T-Shirt shirt

    Get Reel Fishing T-Shirt by sagart1952
    There plenty more to choose from at SagArt Wild and Wonderful T-shirts.

    Monday, October 13, 2008

    Baby's First Halloween Gifts And T-shirts

    Our first grandchild is a sweet little girl named Mary. She is 10 months old and this October is her First Halloween. We just sent her a darling witch costume with a tall pointed hat and bright orange and black dress to wear when she takes her parents Trick Or Treating around their neighborhood.
    It is also fun to dress baby in cute pumpkin and Halloween character t-shirts during the month of October. Check out these cuties from HALLOWEEN T-SHIRTS.
    Jack O Lantern First Halloween shirt

    Jack O Lantern First Halloween by

    It's My  1st Halloween shirt

    It's My 1st Halloween
    by halloweengifts

    Here's a fun Halloween recipe using Ritz crackers that you can stir up and serve your friends when they stop by on Halloween night with their kids.

    Easy Halloween Cookies

    1 (12-ounce) bag white chocolate chips
    1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
    Ritz crackers
    Creamy or crunchy peanut butter
    Orange candy sprinkles

    1. In small, heavy saucepan melt chocolate and shortening together over low heat, stirring until smooth.
    2. Make sandwich cookies out of the Ritz crackers using peanut butter for the filling.
    3. Dip each cookie into the melted chocolate mixture and place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with the orange candy sprinkles. Allow to dry at room temperature.
    Store in an air tight container at room temperature.
    Recipe from Cooks

    Saturday, October 11, 2008

    Easy Personalize This Yourself T-shirts

    Looking for a quick but unique t-shirt gift for a birthday or other special occasion? Check out this fun website that easily lets you add your own name to cute designs just made for personalization by you. Custom Creations is fast, easy, and perfect for any internet shopper to use. Here are some examples and you'll find even more when you visit the TeeWit Custom Creations site.

    Proud (Your Name or Text) shirt

    Proud (Your Name or Text)


    [Female Name] Used to Rock- Now She's too Tired! shirt

    [Female Name] Used to Rock- Now She's too Tired!


    Blank's SuperStar Personalize and Customize shirt

    Blank's SuperStar Personalize and Customize b CustomCreations

    People in your life who might enjoy a personalized shirt:
    Grandma and Grandpa
    Bus Drivers
    And just about anyone on your Christmas shopping list.

    Thursday, October 9, 2008

    Who Are You Thankful For?


    When my kids were little, every year about a week before Thanksgiving we would make a "family thankful turkey" out of a large soup can, covering it with brown construction paper and gluing colored feathers on for a tail. Two boogly eyes finished it off. Then I would pass out little slips of paper and all the kids would write down three things they were thankful for that year. The papers would be tucked inside our cute little turkey.
    On Thanksgiving Day, we would pull the slips of paper out and read all the things our family was thankful for before we started eating our Thanksgiving feast.
    What is your family thankful for?

    Thankful for My Aunt shirt

    Thankful for My Aunt

    Thankful for My Nephew hat

    Thankful for My Nephew by

    Monday, October 6, 2008

    I Admit It I'm A Girly Girl

    I admit it, deep inside I'm a girly girl. I just love pink and despite having red hair, I buy it whenever I can. So today I want to introduce you to a great online site with the cutest girly-girl Keds shoes. Take a gander below and you'll see what I mean. And if you have a little daughter or granddaughter to buy for, you can't go wrong with a pair of these girly girl shoes.

    Kid's Princess Crown kedsshoe

    Kid's Princess Crown


    Kid's Little Blond Princess kedsshoe

    Kid's Little Blond Princess


    Kid's Pocket Full of Posies kedsshoe

    Kid's Pocket Full of Posies


    Saturday, October 4, 2008

    Kid Attitude T-shirts

    As a mom of seven, I can tell you for certain that babies are born bringing their own unique way of dealing with the world. Even before they can talk, kids exude personality. Parents can tell anyone that their little Johnny or Jane is outgoing, shy, loud, pleasant or downright demanding. These adorable baby and toddler t-shirts from Teewit Baby let you share your little one's personality with the world (just in case they haven't noticed on their own.)
    I Don't Do Quiet shirt

    I Don't Do Quiet by teewitbaby
    Definition of Share shirt

    Definition of Share by teewitbaby


    Want to know what your baby's personality will be like when she is older?

    Take the fun quiz at Just Mommies and find out!
    Baby personality questions include some of the following:

    My baby is fussiest:
    When it comes to bath time, my baby:
    When my baby gets a new toy, s/he:
    If my baby is hungry, s/he will:
    When it comes to bedtime, my baby:

    More Family Friendly Political Tees for Election 2008

    The 2008 election has certainly been one to remember. And the plethora of campaign t-shirts too. I just couldn't resist posting some of my absolute favorites. Whether you support John McCain and Sarah Palin or Barack Obama and Joe Biden, these colorful Republican and Democrat designs are perfect for the whole family.

    Hockey Moms For Sarah Palin shirt

    Hockey Moms For Sarah Palin by CowPieCreek

    Friday, October 3, 2008

    Boo! It's Time For Halloween T-shirt Shopping

    It's October and that means it's time for some family friendly Halloween t-shirts. So let's get in the spirit of the season and do a little friendly haunting of a great online shopping site, TeeShirtsTShirts.

    You'll find spooky ghosts, friendly Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins and funny Halloween trick or treaters are available on kids tees, mens and womens t-shirts and Halloween caps.
    Halloween Costume Haunted House Staff shirt

    Halloween Costume Haunted House Staff by TeeShirtsTShirts
    Vintage Halloween Flying over Haunted House shirt

    Vintage Halloween Flying over Haunted House

    Popular Halloween Costumes for 2008

    According to an article by Bryan Burbank, some of the popular 2008 costumes will be Batman and The Joker, Dracula, Indiana Jones and The Transformers.