6 Ways to Bring Creativity Back into Your Life

Often times we think of creativity as a blessing awarded to those who call themselves artists. Observed and encouraged in most children, creativity seems to disappear when young ones become responsible adults. Where did it go? Why did we let it go? If you look at your life and what you do daily, you will most likely see that we could add creativity in the things you do daily, we just don’t.

Here are some ways to bring that creativity back into our lives:

1.) Make a date with yourself once a week to do something fun and indulgent.

2.) Start a journal or a blog and write in it each day, telling the wonderful story that is your life.

3.) Look for inspiration in your everyday life; things are happening all around you.

4.) Check out what classes are offered at your local community college and take something that sounds fun.

5.) Get inspired and try something new in creative form; Dancing, writing, drawing, painting, photography, cooking, or wood working.

6.) Make a collage of images and words that reflect who you are and who you want to be. Look at this each day to remind yourself of your passions.

We sometimes go through life just making it day to day. We have so much to offer this world and by just making some changes to our everyday lives, we can become creative in even the mundane daily activities. While making dinner, spice it up! Try things you have never tried and see what goes with what, you will be surprised at how much fun this can be. While mending your child’s clothes, add some fun piece of material or ribbon, instead of the regular iron on. Be creative and have fun. Instead of buying all your gifts for birthdays and holidays, make something. The possibilities are endless. In time you will find that you enjoy life so much more! Bring Creativity Back into Your Life!

How to Cheat at Wii Fit

In an amusing article from WIRED magazine, I read about How to Cheat at Wii Fit. If you are one of those people that enjoy Wii Fit but are tired of how much exercise goes along with it, here are some ways to enjoy and not exercise too much.

Run: Jogging in place with a Wiimote in your back pocket isn’t really going to buff you up anyway, so why not lie on the couch while you “work out”? When prompted to run, bounce the pointer end of the Wiimote against your leg at a steady clip.

The Jackknife Crunch: This move involves lifting your shoulders and legs off the ground — great for the abs. For a workout you can stomach more easily, sit on the couch with the Wii balance board beneath your soles. Lift up your feet when prompted. Bask in the AI’s praise.

Skiing: Zigging and zagging through this slalom course requires great physical agility. But if you had that, you wouldn’t be inside playing Wii, would you? So sit on the balance board and tilt forward until your skier digs in. Lean left and right to hit the gates. Your lower center of gravity will help you slice through the powder.

How To Avoid Being KO’d By A Fish

My experiences with fishing have always been interesting ones. My Dad’s dad never really taught him to fish, and so when it came to teaching me how to fish, his advice was to get the scissors and cut the line every time it snagged or got in knots, which for me as a twelve year old boy with ten thumbs, was every other cast. I did have a few interesting fishing experiences, however, and enjoy and covet others who daftly and with accuracy cast their line gracefully into a river or lake. I had my most success at Rainbow Trout Farms, where the ponds are small and the fish are plenty and if you wanted to walk in water, this would be the place to do it. I also ‘hooked’ a fish on the Kenai River in Alaska, but had to throw it back because the fish accidentally swam into my fishing line and the barb caught its fin.

But never have I encountered a fish like the one that Seth Russell at Lake Chicot, Arkansas met while he was inner-tubing. A Silver Asian Carp jumped out of the water and left him unconscious. According to an article at MSNBC.com, “He doesn’t remember anything at all,” the boy’s mother, Linda Russell, said last week. “He was laughing, and the next thing he remembers, he is waking in a hospital.”

Apparently this is not the first time a Silver Asian Carp has judo-chopped an innocent homo-sapien. In an effort to curtail random and devastating bouts with these ninja like creatures, here are five things you can do to be prepared when the Silver Asian Carp, or any other of its samurai buddies, attack you, without cause (unless your trying to catch and eat them).

1. Prepare for your enemy-Watch all seven ‘Rocky’ movies and constantly maintain the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ when fishing or around any open water.

2. Know your enemy-Confuscious say, “understanding enemy, victory will give you” (or was that Yoda?) Check out Wild Jumping Carp.

3. Respect your enemy-Maintain appropriate distance even when you have an adversary on the line or in a net, because an animal cornered is at its most dangerous.

4. Intimidate your enemy-When entering the water, or a boat or inner tube, make loud noises and thrash wildly in order to strike fear into any fish that might dare try a crouching tiger or hidden dragon on you.

5. Be prepared for your enemy to strike-Wear proper helmets, shoulder pads and other protective equipment while enjoying water recreation and, in the event that your enemy subdues you, recreate with a friend who knows the effects of a malicious fish attack and can give you proper treatment and care.

If you’ve ever been the victim of a lake or river fish attack, and are emotionally able to articulate your experience, leave a comment below.

SoftBellys – The Fun Way to Clean Your Screen

Almost everyone owns a computer and we all clean our screens, dust is unavoidable, so why not have fun while cleaning your screen. Originally called ScreenieBeanies, SoftBellys are screen cleaners with an optical grade micro fiber on the tummy of the stuffed animal. All you have to do is wipe the SoftBelly across the screen and the dust collects onto the micro fiber. They are not only for your computer screens but for any electronic screen that needs to be cleaned.

SoftBellys currently have 40 animal species styles and 2 additional items including the Space Shuttle and Airplane. You can check their catalog for the variety of SoftBellys they have. Most SoftBellys can go into the washer and dryer, the few that can’t are surface washable. Each comes with a fun name and are guaranteed to be free from defect or replaced at no extra charge.

If you are interested in fundraising, SoftBellys provides all the materials needed to plan and run a successful SoftBellys Fundraiser. The Products will sell themselves.

Check out the promotional information for SoftBellys. As a gift they can have an engraved message from the giver or for trade shows they can have a product or company name put on them. You can email SoftBellys for more information and production requirements.

Try a Hobo-cation for Your Next Vacation

Have you ever wanted to get away from it all? Take a trip to all those places you’ve always dreamed of but haven’t had the money? Or just get out on the open railroad without a care in the world? Well why not try out a Hobo-cation?

Hobo is a term that refers to a subculture of wandering homeless people, particularly those who make a habit of hopping freight trains. Hoboes differentiate themselves as travelers who are homeless and willing to do work, whereas a Tramp, travels but will not work and a Bum, who does neither.

When on your journey across this great nation on your hobo-cation, make sure and visit The National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa in early to mid August. Hobos from all over come to town and stay in the “Hobo Jungle” telling stories around campfires at night. They have a Hobo Day parade, where the hobo king and queen for that year get to ride on special floats. Following the parade, mulligan stew is served to hundreds of people in the city park, as live entertainment, a carnival and a flea market give everyone something to do.

You don’t want to the other hobos calling you an Angellina(young inexperienced kid), so before heading out on your Hobo-cation, you will want to memorize some of this hobo lingo.

  • Accommodation Car = The caboose of a train.
  • Bindle Stick = Collection of belongings wrapped in cloth and tied around a stick.
  • Bullets = Beans
  • Cover with the moon = Sleep out in the open.
  • Hot = A fugitive hobo.
  • Stemming = Panhandling or mooching along the streets.
  • Pullman = A rail car.
  • On The Fly = Jumping a moving train.
  • Mulligan = A type of community stew, created by several hoboes combining whatever food they have.
  • Blowed-in-the-glass = A genuine, trustworthy individual.

Now your Hobo-cation could become difficult if you don’t know the hobo code. Hoboes came up with a system of symbols to help provide directions, information, and warnings to other hoboes. Here are some that you may need to know.

  • A traingle with hands signifies that the homeowner has a gun.
  • Sharp teeth signify a mean dog.
  • A top hat and a triangle signify wealth.
  • Two interlocked humans signify handcuffs.
  • A cat signifies that a kind lady lives here.
  • A wavy line above an X means fresh water and a campsite.
  • Two shovels, signifying work was available.

Now that you have the information you will need to successfully join the hobo way of life, grab your bindle stick and a warm coat and enjoy your Hobo-cation!