iPhone Apps I Love ~ Part Two

This is Part Two to iPhone Apps I Love…where I share my faves!

If you missed Part One you can find it here.

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Google Maps

Use Google Maps on your phone, and never carry a paper map again!


“When you download Waze, you not only get free navigation,

but also become part of the local driving community in your area,

joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic,

save time and improve everyone’s daily commute.

All you have to do is drive, so get involved today!”

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 Use your iPhone to read your kindle or e-books!

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¬†“Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel,

send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr ‚Äď it‚Äôs all as easy as pie.”

PS Express

¬†“Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures

to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile device.

Enjoy having your photo and video library right in your hand.”

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“The personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music
based on your old and current favorites”

“The TV.com iPhone application delivers your favorite shows

wherever you go ‚Äď for FREE!”


“Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies

streaming from Netflix.”

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Angry Birds

¬†“The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake.

Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs.

Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds

to lay waste to the pigs‚Äô fortified castles.”

Words With Friends Free

¬†If you like Scrabble, you’ll love Words With Friends!

It’s a word building, triple score seeking,

compete-with-your-buddies kind of game…

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I’m sure that by the time you read this post

I will have added a few more!

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Weekend Bloggy Reading


Pinterest Friday!

Welcome back to Pinterest Friday!

If you missed last week’s post, you can see it here

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Can I just tell you that it’s not as easy as I thought it would be to

pick my favorite pins each week?

There are just soooo many great ones to choose from!!!

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Well, here goes!

1.  Blog Topics Organizer by Bridgett Edwards

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2.  How to Shoot in Manual Mode for Beginners by So I Married a Mennonite

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3.  How to Clean Your Dishwasher at One Good Thing by Jilee

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4. ¬†Great Video Tutorial for Curling Your Hair at It’s the Small Things Blog

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5.  Laundry Room Makeover at My Cottage Charm

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6. ¬†8 Incredible Edible Treats for St. Patrick’s Day at The Design Confidential

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7.  Chalkboard Menu Tutorial by Whipperberry

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8.  Organizational Labels at World Label.com

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9.  Rotisserie Chicken Apple Pecan Salad by Unsophisticook

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10.  Coconut Oil as a Skin Moisturizer by How Does She

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s top 10 pins!

Wire Brush and a Weather-beaten Bench

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If case you haven’t already guessed by my title,

I had a run in with a wire brush this weekend!

And boy are my back and shoulders sore from all of the scrubbing…

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Here’s the culprit:

¬†An old, wood & iron, weather-beaten bench…

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It was originally located on our side yard,

where the path meanders through a forest of rose bushes, trees & vines…

Shot taken before the gardeners cut everything back this winter!

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As my hubby & I were having a relaxing, late breakfast by our pool

we were discussing what changes we would like to make in the backyard this Spring…

No, it didn’t rain, my hubby just sprayed off the concrete :’)

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We talked about how we could rearrange the furniture…

install a ceiling fan over the ¬†patio table…

pour some concrete on the back side of our pool as we both hate the dirt!

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And then I remembered the sad little bench sitting on the side yard all alone!

My hubby really didn’t want to move the 500 lb “ugly” bench (as he put it!)

only to have to move it back over to the side yard if I didn’t like it there…

But, being the sweet and patient man that he is,

and knowing that I probably wouldn’t shut-up about it until we tried it,

we lugged the very heavy bench to the backyard.

Here she is before her makeover…

And after a long afternoon of scrubbing with my wire brush, vacuuming the dirt & dust,

more scrubbing and inhaling said dirt & dust,

and finally sanding and vacuuming again….

She looks so much better!

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I thought that it might be fun to paint the iron black but my daughter was very much against it…

“You’ll ruin it! ¬†Why would you want to paint it?!!!!”

I think she fell in love with it’s white & rusty patina after taking many photographs

of it in it’s old home on the side yard…

Here’s one of her photos…

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So, hubby & I decided we’d leave the iron alone

and¬†I will find a nice mahogany ¬†or other dark stain for the wood…

I’ll also seal it with a clear coat so that it will withstand the weather

(and so I won’t have to use my wire brush on it again!)…

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I’ll be sure to post an update when it’s all done!

DIY Coupon Sleeves


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After seeing this pin for DIY coupon holders (by  Erin at Taking Time to Create),

I decided to give it a try…

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The first thing I did was to measure out my grid…

I used a baseball card sleeve that I currently have in my coupon binder as a template…

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Then I just slid it into a clear sheet protector…

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Next I slid the page under the needle on my sewing machine and followed the lines!

Make sure to backstitch each end to make sure that you’re stitches don’t come out!

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Almost done!

With a very light touch, carefully slide an exacto knife’s blade

just under the first row of horizontal stitches, being careful not to cut into the stitching…

Be sure to flip it over & do the backside too…

The bonus in

DIY-ing these coupon holders is that they are double-sided!

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So simple!

I would have never thought to use my sewing machine to do a project like this…

but in the space of about 20 minutes,

I had five, new, double-sided coupon sleeves!

And for about half the price of store-bought baseball card sleeves :’)

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I’m linking up to:

HookingupwithHoH Weekend Bloggy Reading
It's a Blog Party
A Little InspirationPhotobucketVisit thecsiproject.com

Pinterest Challenge

The Pioneer Woman’s Banana Boats


Have you watched an episode of The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network yet?

I love it!


I love how real Ree Drummond is…

I love how she cooks food I would feed my family…

I love that she home schools her kiddos & shares about it in one of the episodes…

I love that her show isn’t just about food, and isn’t a reality tv show,

but that it’s about a real family, working hard every day on a ranch in the middle of nowhere…

and it’s about a Mom (Ree) who loves to cook good food for her family & friends.

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So, after watching a few episodes of The Pioneer Woman on demand this weekend,

I rushed over to the  Food Network website

and pinned some of her recipes that I would like to try…

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One of them was for her Banana Boats…

In the episode where Ree makes the Banana Boats (Pioneer Creek),

she is preparing a meal to take down to the creek where her kids

and their Grandma are camping out…

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I decided to try them out on my family – who all love bananas!

First, I looked around the kitchen for our toppings…

The Pioneer Woman used chocolate chips, carmel chips, marshmallows & graham cracker bits…

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I found chocolate chips, caramels (which I chopped into bits), walnut pieces

and Nature Valley Granola Thins with peanut butter…

We started by slicing into the banana, about 2/3rds of the way through…

then you just add your toppings!

My kiddos tried a little (or in some cases, a lot!) of everything…

Pack it nice and full and then fold it up into a piece of foil…

We wrote each person’s initials on the outside so we would be able to tell them apart…

Then we popped them into a 350 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes…

They’re not extremely pretty when you take them out of the foil…

but boy we’re they tasty!

And they were devoured in minutes!

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Salvation Army Finds & a Linky Party!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to our local Salvation Army store

and while I was there, I picked up these…

How much you ask?? ¬†Well, the price tags said $2.35 (each), which is a fantastic deal…

But when the cashier rang me up, the total cost was only $3.30!!!

I had forgotten that everything is 30% off on Wednesday’s – yahoo!!!!

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They found a new home in my pantry…

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Now all my tea and sweeteners are nice and organized!

Not too shabby for $3.30!

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Now it’s your turn!

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Link up a post about anything you’ve worked on lately!

* Link back to my blog please! Buttons can be found on the right side of my home page.

* Link directly to your specific post…

* Please only post links that you haven’t previously posted.

Please Don’t:

* Don‚Äôt link up your SHOP, STORE, OR ETSY…

* Don’t link up your GIVEAWAY.

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Happy linking!

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Home Stories A2Z

Pinterest Friday Begins Today! My Top 10!

Welcome to Deb’s Heart and Home!

Today is Friday and the debut of my new series: Pinterest Friday!

Please join me each week as I list my Top 10 Favorite Pins of the week…

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Here are my Top Ten Favorite Pins for this week…

Drumroll please!!!

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1.  The Best Time to Blog Infographic by Dan Zarella

2.  Manual Photography Cheat Sheet from Living in the Stills

3.  DIY Dishwasher Detergent by Being Creative to Keep My Sanity

4.  Purple & Grey Comfy Outfit by htotheb on Polyvore

5. Thrifty Decor Chick’s Backyard with Fireplace

6. ¬†St. Patrick’s Day Decorating & Craft Ideas by The TomKat Studio

7.  How to Remove Scratch Marks from Dishes by Mom Outnumbered

8. Personalized, Erasable Calendar by Home Stories A to Z

9.  Snickerdoodle Muffins by Eat Me, Delicious

10.  Photo Backdrop for Party by Jen at Tatertots and Jello

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I’m linking up to:


CVS Deals ~ 2/22/12

I scored at CVS this week!

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I love it when the receipt just keeps coming & coming…

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Here’s how the deals breakdown:

Slim Fast Shakes 4 pk ~ $6.49 reg price, $5.00 sale price + $1.50/1 coupon = $3.50


Wisk Laundry Soap ~ $8.99 reg price, $4.99 sale price + $1/1 coupon = $3.99


1 bottle of Vitamin Water ~ $1.77 reg price, $.99 sale price = $.99


3 boxes of General Mills Cereals ~ $8.40 reg price, $5.97 sale price, $1/3 coupon = $4.97


Schick Intuition 3pk refill ~ $12.29, $8.99 sale price, $2/1 coupon = $6.99


4 Fructis Styling Aids (Hair) ~ $18.66, $11.96 sale price, 4 – $1.00/1 coupons = $7.96


Dial Nutriskin Lotion ~ $6.99, $4.99 sale price, $1/1 coupon = $3.99


Total Cost = $32.39

Here’s where it gets fun!! ¬†I had $21.00 in Extrabucks from my last shopping trip…

My total is now $11.39 + tax, for a grand total of $14.22!!!!!!


So my receipt says I saved a total of $58.17 and

it shows the Extrabuck amounts I need to receive the next reward…

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Here are the Extrabucks I earned for my next trip ~ $10.00 total!!!

I also scored a couple more coupons…

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I would say that this worked out to be a very profitable trip to CVS!!!

Pinterest Friday is coming!

This week begins the inauguration of Pinterest Friday here at Deb’s Heart and Home!

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If you haven’t yet read the post by my friend Becky entitled

“How to organize your Pinterest” here,

be sure to check it out!

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Each Friday I plan to share my Top 10 Favorite Pins of the week…

Here’s a link to my current Pinterest boards…

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I’ll be sharing from my favorite categories:

1. Blog Tips

2. Camera Tips

3.  Cleaning Tips

4.  Fashion

5. Home

6.  Holidays

7.  Household Tips

8.  Organize

9.  Recipes

10.  Parties

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Hope you’ll join me!

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