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Vegetable Gardening: Converting Your Produce Bill from Dollars to Pennies

Vegetable Gardening: Converting Your Produce Bill from Dollars to Pennies

I grew up with a  great big vegetable garden in our back yard. My Mom had me working it religiously during the summer, as we grew copious amounts of cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, corn, raspberries, zucchini and green beans. Late Summer & Fall our kitchen would turn into a factory of sugar, pectin, salt, vinegar, steam, bottles, and boxes. Our pantry cupboards were full of preserved food and I grew up thinking everyone lived the same way.  I was wrong.

Beautiful Patterns in Natural Mineral Jewelry

Beautiful Patterns in Natural Mineral Jewelry

 We all find pictures, patterns and even stories in the clouds above.  Spend a few minutes watching the sky on a partly cloudy day and our minds and creativity expand exponentially.   The same thing can happen when we look at the matrices of beautiful natural gemstones, rocks and minerals.  The swirls of color, lines, splotches, and imperfections are unique to each stone and can inspire our imaginations.   

The matrix also adds distinction to what would have been just a pretty stone, as the Moss Agate Nursing Necklace at the beginning of this article shows.  The green color and carving are lovely, but that small eddy of lavender raises the entire piece to a stunning work of art.

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but a true work of art and distinctive jewelry can be found in pieces made from

Choosing the Right Jewelry

Choosing the Right Jewelry

 You are a fashionista, shopping for jewelry (for real or just for fun).  You are surrounded by beautiful pieces in so many colors – gemstones, semi-precious stones, natural stones; already a heady mix.  Then there is the metal – gold, silver, copper, brass.  So many choices.  How do you pick the right pieces?  It’s easy – you pick your jewelry the same way you pick your clothes and it’s not by just picking the trendiest pieces.  You choose the jewelry that enhances your own natural beauty (and maybe helps distract from that little flaw) and is unique, personal, and of course, gorgeous!

First, look at your skin tone – is it warm or cool?  Don’t know – here is an easy way to tell.

Look at the veins in your wrist – are they bluish colored?  Do you have pinkish or rosy-red undertones in your face?  Are your eyes blue, green or grey?  Is your hair color (the natural shade, please) blond, black or brown?  Then yo

Practical Cycle Can Help With Your New Year's Resolutions

Practical Cycle Can Help With Your New Year's Resolutions

If you are like most people and us here at myCampmate, in the last week or so, you've decided that it's time to lose those extra pounds that have creeped their way onto your body.  The two most common ways that people tackle their weight loss resolution is to change their diet and exercise more.  If you are looking for other ways besides joining the already packed gym than have we got the place for you, Practical Cycle!

Religious Symbols in Jewelry - Special Holiday Gifts

Religious Symbols in Jewelry - Special Holiday Gifts

Jewelry with religious symbols is as old as time.  The first humans wore religious signs and symbols for protection and identity.   Today, we continue that tradition.

Shop Small Business Saturday, November 26th

Shop Small Business Saturday, November 26th

As a representative of the community, I have always felt that we needed something; something that would help push consumers to visit and support their local neighborhood's businesses. And here I find Small Business Saturday®. This Saturday, November 26th will be the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday®. It is
"a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year."

This national campaign is sponsored by American Express and is reminding people to shop at their local businesses. All you have to do is buy one thing from your favorite small business and that would help strengthen your community and its economy.