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Researching Your Family Tree on the Cheap – Tip #3

Tip # 3 can be time consuming but I’ve found it to be the best source for keeping track of current family events. This source is none other than Facebook. Scrolling through a family member’s posts,  pictures, or friends list can provide you with birth, wedding and death announcements for those second cousins you haven’t seen…

Researching Your Family Tree on the Cheap- Tip #2

If your intent is researching your family history from the comfort of your home and the internet, then this next tip is an ideal resource. Here is Tip # 2: Set up a free account on Family Search and create your own family tree. Family Search has been extremely helpful in researching my relatives’ birth, marriage, death,…

Researching Your Family Tree on the Cheap- Tip #1

Do you want to start researching your ancestors or composing a family tree but feel intimidated because of cost, time, or lack of information? I faced these challenges over 2 years ago when I began the website for Granny’s Front Porch in 2013. Let me just say, it has been time consuming but well worth…

Figure 8 Doodling

Do you remember some of your first childhood doodles? I recall mine and the best way to describe it is figure 8 drawing. I’m not sure who first taught me and my sisters this technique, but it is one that we’ve passed on to our children as well. I Facebook messaged my sisters to share…

An Ode – Life Before My Smartphone

I went to sleep without you in my hand. I watched the news more and called a friend. I read a book when powdering my nose. I had more time to pray for others’ woes. I communicated more than 140 characters. I used an answering machine to avoid telemarketers. I didn’t care if someone liked,…

iTunes Radio vs. Pandora

iTunes Radio vs. Pandora After updating your iPhone to the new iOS7, you may have noticed something new in your music app. iTunes Radio that is. Apple’s new innovation has been designed for you to create and listen to a free streaming radio on your phone. But how does this compare to already popular streaming…

Favorite Halloween Treats

In honor of Halloween we wanted to share some of our favorite treats of the season. Some are homemade and others are must haves for the candy cauldron. Candy Cauldron Must Haves: Bite sized Snicker bars Kraft Carmels Candy corns Tootsie Rolls Kit Kats Hershey Bars Lollipops Orange white chocolate Twix bars Reese’s peanut butter…

“Everything’s going MY way”…hopefully not!

“Oh what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day. I’ve got a wonderful feeling. Everything’s going my way!” I love this chorus by Rodgers & Hammerstein from the musical Oklahoma. Do you think if I sing it three times it will actually be a reality in my life today? I’m nestled on my couch…

Emily’s Thirteen Favorite “Boo” Movies

It’s that time of year when we turn off all the lights and watch our favorite “boo” movies. Those kind of movies that make us jump when an unexpected flash of scary comes across our television screen. Here are my thirteen favorites “Boo” Movies: 13. Rewatchable and slept with the lights off after. 12. Rewatchable…