Paint, Paint, Paint!! Easy Craft for Anyone!

Paint, Paint, Paint!! Easy Craft for Anyone!

No matter what your age, painting is always fun. There are no rules~ so just have fun with it! Home made art is the best kind. You can make your own art gallery to display the talents of the family!

 

For the younger kids finger paints are the best. Kids love getting messy and using their hands. I found this great recipe for home made finger paint .

 

Homemade Finger Paints

  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
  • Washable, nontoxic tempera paint
  • Bowls
  • Finger-paint paper or freezer paper
  • Masking tape

Then get some paper and let them go nuts! You will love what they come up with! 

 

For the older family members, go to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and get canvas, paints, brushes, and paper.  You can get inspiration from art books or just let your imagination take over and paint an abstract. Whatever you choose it will turn out great, I promise!

 

Craft Idea : Home Made Snow Globes

Craft Idea : Home Made Snow Globes

This is such an easy and fun way to decorate for the holidays! Now everyone can have show their creative side. It is even cute to make them for other holidays. For Birthdays, Halloween, Easter and the 4th of July!

Almost any jar works for this project: Baby-food, pimiento, and olive jars are good choices. Look for plastic or ceramic figurines (metal ones are prone to rust) at flea markets and hobby or model-railroad shops. Synthetic evergreen tips are available at many floral-supply stores.

If the jar lids are not in seasonal colors already, paint them with oil-based enamel paint. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry.

Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don’t add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it’s flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again — and let it snow.

Cooking With The Family!

Cooking With The Family!

 

Vanilla Cupcakes are fun and easy to make. After they cool-it’s time to DECORATE! 
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter (no substitutes)
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease muffin cups well or line with buttered paper cups (use any size muffin tins for this recipe).

Sift flour and other dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, combine butter, milk, eggs and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture.

Fill prepared muffin tin with batter, filling 2/3 full.

Bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or for 10-20 minutes (depends upon size of muffins).

You can decorated each cupcake depending on the season or just do whatever!   snowflakes cupcakes

 

 christmas cupcakes

Board Games!

Board Games!

Staying in with the Family can be terrible if you are all sitting around looking at each other. But staying in with the family when you have games, good food and music is a blast!

Sometimes it can be hard to find activities that your whole family can enjoy. Board games are a great idea that have been providing entertainment to families for decades. They are a cheaper alternative than going out to see a movie, show or sporting event, which can easily cost your whole clan well over $50 and the best thing is that family board games can be used over and over again!

 There are literally thousands of different family board games out on the market these days, from old favorites to brand new titles you’ve probably never heard of. Whether you’re looking for strategy, trivia, or card games, there will definitely be something out there that will fulfill your family’s needs and provide hours and hours of fun.

 Here are some Board Games that the whole family can enjoy!  Some of our favorites are:

This website had great ideas on how/what games would be best for your family:

  • Classics The advantage to these is that everyone knows them, or almost — and they’ve stood the test of time. Check age gradings, but some suggestions are: Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Othello, Battleship, Boggle, Parcheesi, Operation, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Trouble, Sorry, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit. Many of these have special interest editions now.
  • Strategy Games These games are great for families that like a little more substance to their games. Often story-based, one of the best we’ve seen this year is Parthenon from Z-Man Games where players race to build their civilizations.
  • Multi-Faceted Games These are games that combine different kinds of skills. Great for diverse families where everyone gets a chance to shine. For older kids and adults, check out Cranium. Cranium Family Fun, Hoopla and Whonu? work for the whole family.
  • DVD Games Definitely one of the hottest trends in the whole game business Our favorite is Scene It? from Mattel in different versions that cover movies, TV, music, sports and Harry Potter. Pop in the DVD and you simply play along. Choose the version that’s right for the group you’re playing with.
  • Skill and Action Games For when you just want to have some silly fun. Try Captain Bones Gold from Spin Master, and Ker-Plunk from Mattel. These are great for kids with tons of energy, and the different outcomes keep families engaged.

Scott Tucker organizes Softball League for Local Businesses

Scott Tucker organizes Softball League for Local Businesses

When Scott Tucker decided to take on putting together a summer softball league exclusively for local business owners and worlds had no idea how much interest there would be.

“We had this idea originally that more local business could get to know each other on a recreational level, with the end goal in mind that it would lead to at least some more professional relationships,” said Scott Tucker. “That and beating all the other teams into the ground,” he laughed.

Tucker and his team started pitching the idea to other businesses in the spring not expecting more than a few games over the summer, but by mid spring they had enough confirmations for a full summer league. “It was really mind blowing how into it everyone was. Then it went from a surprised excitement to a more hectic scheduling frenzy,” Tucker smiles. “Our team was on point though and a lot of mishaps and problems that could have easily been never were.”

Registration for the league ends June 1st with the games running from June 5th through August 25th. Tucker says there will also be fields available for unofficial side games to children and other family members if interest is high enough. This lets everyone take part in the game as a fan and player if desired.

Scott Tucker is the owner of Tucker’s Tavern and is also the head chef. He has been serving the community for over seven years and says he hopes to have at least seven more. He is also very optimistic about the league, saying there will likely be another next year and looks forward to seeing how things profess on the business relationship side as well.

AMG Services Starts New Family Game Night

AMG Services Starts New Family Game Night

AMG Services has announced a new local family game night where families from around the community can get together to meet, play games, and hopefully build new relationships.

With a brand new wing in the building, AMG Services is starting a new family game night and with plenty of new computers equipped with video chat they plan to reach deeper into the community.

“There will be board games, interactive computer games, as well as a place to suggest new games. We have just about every board game that has ever existed thanks largely to donations from the very families that are coming to the game night. Our computer games are only approved if they force real interaction with either others in the building or on video chat. You’re not just a character running around on the screen with other people doing the same thing. We want people to get used to seeing a face and interacting with a real person while having fun and playing a game at the same time,” says Claire Wells of AMG Services.

By adding the option for video conferencing, Wells hopes that more people will see what they have to offer and eventually come down in person. She made it a point to mention the video chat is designed for either people who are not yet comfortable joining new groups of people, or those who simply cannot get out of the house on a given day.

“It should not be a permanent interaction, but a means to eventually get here in person. We plan on doing many other variations on this game night theme, opening it up to not only families, but the entire community. This is only the first step to see how the ball starts its roll.”

AMG Services Lending A Helping Hand, And A Big Payday Lies Ahead

AMG Services Lending A Helping Hand, And A Big Payday Lies Ahead

Boston based staffing agency AMG Services is going to offer a free job placement course for up to 30 people starting next Monday, so if you’re in Boston and you’re looking for a job, make sure you look them up. This is great news, because these type of job placement courses normally take money from the people who are in the worst position to pay.

The best news about the upcoming courses is that everyone who participates is going to come out ahead. Job candidates will have the best chance to find themselves is good jobs, employers will have qualified applicants coming there way, and AMG Services will get to satifsy their customers by providing the best workers for each available position.

If you’re a business owner, just sit back and watch how AMG Services is going to benefit from this, and then think about how you can do something similar with your business

What could you be doing to help your community? Helping the community isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes good sense if you want to grow your business.