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All Roads Lead to Texas…..

And especially Houston, apparently!  Here are a couple of articles I recently read on Texas Monthly’s site:

Houston’s Very Own “Bean”  and Houston High Schooler Accepted to TWENTY Top Schools.  (How cool is that guy?  Amazing!!  I bet his parents are proud!)


And hey, when in Texas, do as the Texans do:  Top 50 Texas BBQ Joints (according to Texas Monthly, anyway.)  ENJOY!

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How to Attend MIT…..for FREE!

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is unarguably one of the world’s premier establishments of higher learning.  Leaders from all over the world have graduated from MIT, including Benjamin Netanyahu, Ford Motor Company’s Executive Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr., and the founder of E*Trade, William (Bill) Porter.  It’s also home to some of the world’s brightest young stars in the areas of energy management, poverty relief, and cognizant studies.

Being one of the world’s best universities bestows on MIT an obligation to make the world a better place, not only by providing the kind of education that shapes leaders and molds think tanks, but by making that education accessible to everyone who has access to the internet.  Sure, you’re not going to get any credit or earn a degree from MIT, but you CAN “attend” the university and have access to its course materials, syllabi, videos of lectures, exams and more.  Why?  Stated simply by Dick K. P. Yue, a professor in MIT’s School of Engineering, “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”  How beautiful is that?!

I have always wanted to major in Political Science, but the years that I was able to attend college have passed me by.  I don’t have the time, nor the funds, nor the energy to do so now.  I DO have a burning desire for learning, an internet connection, and access to MIT’s course materials in Political Science.  Nirvana!!  Other disciplines offered include biological engineering, physics, and music and theater arts, something for almost everyone!

Try it, there’s always something new to learn!



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Himalayan pink salt

I have about a pound of this stuff at home, I use it when I make bath salts. It’s FANTASTIC. GET some!


Himalayan pink salt is a natural rock salt which is unprocessed and unrefined and  is extracted at the foot of the Himalayas. And is considered the most valuable one of all salts . Its unique pink color is derived by the high concentration of minerals and trace elements such as iron and copper.  Properties and benefits of this salt rosaProprio have a particular origin , the pink salt has acquired some beneficial properties that differentiate it from the common salt . The normal table salt, in fact , reflects the current pollution of the seas. The Himalayan salt , however, is the purest salt because it is simply removed and washed without being subjected to any refining treatment . It is the only one that contains the right proportions of the minerals and the trace elements we need . Thanks to these features , the pink salt has some special…

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Colloquialisms……AKA, it’s pe-KAHN! :)

For whatever reason, it's a "boo-wie" knife in Texas and D.C.*

I read this article a few months ago and then forgot about it, but I’m constantly fascinated by the origin of names and words, and pronunciation of common terms in different regions, so I revisited it today.

This study from North Carolina State (I’m a Tar Heel fan….still interesting, LOL) depicts those very differences in the phrases, pronunciation and even the terminology used by different regions.  A “crawdad” for example (which is what I call them, incidentally) is a “crayfish” in the Northeast.  Some southerners say “pe-KAHN” while others say “pee-CAN.”  My husband, a North Carolina native, is illustrative of this……he says “pee-CAN” while I’m constantly trying to correct him, “it’s PE-KAHN!”

Check out this link for 22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other.  I hope you find it as interesting as I have!

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Don’t Feed the Trolls!

You know what?  I’m VERY newly in the blogging game, but haters lurk everywhere, out here in the “real” world, on social networks, on blogs, at Walmart, everywhere.  I’m printing this excellent reminder and taping it up on my wall where I can see it every day.  Carry on!  (MUCH thanks to Karen Gunter of build a little biz, who got it from Inspiring Mums.  There’s also a version with blank bubbles so you can fill in your own words!)


I also read Chris McCombs’ blog post and wow….what a timely message for me, especially after this week.  “How to Get More Haters” put a new spin on the scourge of the interwebs and gave me a little perspective in my non-cyber life, too.

Have a GREAT, AWESOME, LOVELY weekend, y’all!  (And how do you like my new “signature” graphic?)

brigitte pink with black border

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A Few of My Favorite…..Websites!

I’m on the internet a LOT and I’ve found some pretty cool sites along the way.  Here’s a list of a few that I think are neat-o (in no particular order, other than this was the order I thought of them in, LOL!)  Have fun!

1.  The Secret Door – takes you to random Google Street View places when you click on it.  Fascinating!

2.  Pinterest – I can spend HOURS here, no joke.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on a DIY kick right now, and Pinterest is DIY heaven.  Also a GREAT place to find cool design, gorgeous photography, beautiful art, and style galore!  Lately, I’ve been kind of aggravated about it being taken over by supposed “blogs” (which are really just link repositories masquerading as blogs) pinning and repinning the same things.  It’s getting harder to find genuine, original things to repin, so I’m making a concentrated effort to pin cool things from the blogs and websites I visit, instead of just repinning content that’s already on Pinterest.  It takes a little more effort, but I think it adds WAY more value to the community.

3.  Facebook – I know, I know.  But I love it so!  (Heh!)

4.  Amazon – I’m a bargain shopper, and you can’t beat the GREAT deals at Amazon.  I love to comparison shop, and probably 7 times out of 10, Amazon has the best price, PLUS it gets shipped straight to my door, yayyyy, no gas money!

5.  HGTV – LOVE the cool home decorating and design tips.  I’m addicted to watching that channel, too!

6.  AllRecipes – I have this app on my phone, too, and it’s a godsend!  I’ve never had a problem finding a cool recipe to try and while I haven’t LOVED every single thing, at least they were something different and fun!

7.  Swagbucks Coupons – I use Swagbucks a lot to search and win points for free gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks and more.  One of my absolute FAVORITE ways to earn points is to print coupons from the Swagbucks site!  Not only do a get to save a few cents, but I get points for it, too!

8.  PostSecret – just fun.

9.  Kevin and Amanda – SO CUTE.  Always just……cute!  I love it.

10.  The Graphics Fairy – Karen posts an amazing variety of FREE graphics, mostly vintage stuff she finds in old books.  She also posts reader submissions of projects using graphics from the site and I’m continually amazed at the creativity!

11.  Journey Photographic – GORGEOUS travel photography.

12.  Re Create Design Co – Michael is an expat living in Sweden.  She used to blog at the wonderful Blue Velvet Chair which was a DIY, home decor, repurposed design blog.  She’s moved on to Re Create Design for more of the same.  ALWAYS fascinating!  Follow Michael on Facebook, too!

And there you have a small sampling of my favorite blogs and websites.  I could go on and on, but I have to stop somewhere.  Twelve seems like a nice number, doesn’t it?  More than ten, but just short of the dreaded 13.  😉