Sunday, December 23, 2012

Awesome Photo collage Mosaic maker Plus Latest Creation

Download Photo Collage Maker

     I found a super fun and engrossing artistic software the other day when Giveaway of the Day featured it! So I thought I'd spread the word to you plus show you my first creation with it.
     Here's how the developers describe it "Create perfect photo collages every time! Artensoft Photo Collage Maker will bring new life into your digital photo collection by turning pictures into stunning collages.
     There’s no color blending producing faux digital mosaic; instead, Artensoft Photo Collage Maker uses advanced mix-and-match to assemble a perfect photo collage out of a number of different images. Just look at the 100% crop of the image above to see the level of detail:

     All you need to create an impressive photo collage is a master image, (I used this one taken by my talented daughter of herself :) ):

     Next, add a preferably large library of cell images. (I used more than 500, as they recommend. I used my own plus my daughter's art and photography, but they also have cell images you can download and use if you prefer. I used files including photos taken by myself or my daughter, plus images of our art created with real media such as acrylics or pastels or other art software programs.)
     Add Artensoft Photo Collage Maker to that mix, and a few mouse clicks later, voila! Instant mosaic! Here's a low-resolution version of mine so it won't take too long for this page to load:
Tenaya by Joan McCray, Tenaya K. and Artensoft Photo Collage Maker


     Neat, huh?
     Now the whole family and her friends will enjoy looking at the artwork plus seeing what tiny images they can find within it of themselves, etc. A very fancy "Where's Waldo?" n'est pas?
     Artensoft has a cool gallery where you can see some marvelous works. You can also buy your own version of the software there:
Photo collage maker - Amazing, Affordable and simple photocollage Software. Download Now!: "

     I can forsee getting addicted and spending many an enjoyable therapeutic hour playing with this software, and I recommend you try it too. :)
     Enjoy and have an artsy holiday season!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Free Video Game Today Chronoclasm Chronicles Normally $10

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"O" My Mess -- Some Fond Sticky Situation Memories, Tips and a Great Contest from Wet Ones!

      Ever notice how kids and sticky-ness just seem to go together? Kids are attracted to messes like magnets are to metal! Some of my fondest memories of my kids growing up involve "sticky situations" though. So Wet Ones' Sticky Situations Facebook contest is right up my alley!
      "Wet Ones is giving us the opportunity to share all of the Sticky Situations we have found ourselves in and tips on how to deal with them! Simply log on their Facebook Contest and share your story and tips, and you can be entered to win:
- an iPad Mini 



3 sets of prize packs with tickets for 4 people to go to Six Flags. 

     I know 'tis the season to be busy, but don't worry. I just entered and it doesn’t take long at all! Here’s the link to enter:
     Hurry though. The contest deadline is:
.December 28, 2012 @ 09:59 pm (EST)
     One of my first "sticky situations" memories has to do with my first child, then a toddler. I can still picture it even though she's now 20 years old!
     We were in the living room and I had to answer the phone. But I'd made the mistake of leaving an open box of those famous "o's" cereal within her reach because I was just about to give her some. 
     Of course, when I returned, my cutie had strewn the little o's all over the living room carpet, and was happily picking up, throwing them about, and otherwise playing with them. Although my mom probably would have freaked out at the view, I just had to giggle because she was having so much fun. So I let her play a little before I took photos (which I wish I could find to show you right now!) and started vacuuming. But not before wiping off her cute little hands with wipes first because of all that sticky cereal "dust." 
     I learned that day never to leave an open box of cereal in my child's reach if I didn't want a recurrence of the huge mess. Instead, put single servings worth of cereal into a little tupperware or other foodsafe plastic container and take that with your child. (Draw a big "O" on it with permanent marker if that is your child's favorite.) Even if they get a hold of it, it won't be enough to fill the carpet. And if they still want to play, let them throw one "o" at a time into the container from a reasonable distance according to age. This makes a fun counting game for little ones. Or have them learn to say the "o" sound.
     I've also always enjoyed my kids doing arts and crafts. (Ok, so I love doing them with them.) Sometimes, the messier the better. 
     When renting an apartment, though, I had to take some precautions to protect the floor and adjoining white wall next to the art easel before letting my child go wild with paints and other craft supplies. So I got a dollar store shower curtain and taped one side to the rug on the floor using duct tape. Then I used hooks at the top of the wall to hang the other side of the shower curtain, making sure the bottom of that section was taped with duct tape to the floor shower curtain. 
     Voila, instant art area! Now the whole area was protected for paint and any inadvertent splashing. It worked great through many a masterpiece! From paintings to clay clowns to ooblek! (Yes homeschool science projects have given us great sticky memories too, including many with my sons!)
      Plus whenever the plastic shower curtains got too messy, it was easy to use Wet Ones clean up!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Free Family Travel Homeschool Unit

Check out Homeschool Freebie of the Day: for a really cool family fun and learning unit: "Taking it on the Road: Fun for Homeschoolers Away from Home by Lynda Coats (PDF ebook)

Headed out on the road this holiday season? Today’s freebie will help make the trip itself a memorable, fun learning experience.

Here’s what author Lynda Coats says about this great new ebook:

“We all realize that homeschooling doesn’t always happen at home, so I’ve created Taking it on the Road: Fun for Homeschoolers Away from Home to help you make the most of those moments on the road."

"This delightful little book offers exciting ideas to incorporate teaching into errand-running,vacations, and other travel time. It is essentially a unit study based on travel and going places. There are enjoyable learning activities in all subject areas for all ages, with many designed for the whole family together.  Each activity is based on my twenty years of homeschooling experience.
Because I know that space in your car is limited, I’ve formatted tightly, so that you can easily print it out, and place it into the easy-to-carry format you like best and it will fit neatly into a standard size tote bag or seat pocket. You’ll have hours of fun, educational activities at your fingertips!
Try it out and enjoy learning together on your next trip!”

To download your copy, go here:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Free Vintage Christmas with Mother Goose! Comic

     I love this comic being offered by Homeschool Freebie of the Day:  "MORE Christmas with Mother Goose! (PDF e-comic book)
     This year we found yet another delightful vintage collection of Christmas comic book stories for young at heart readers of all ages, by the incomparable Walt Kelly! These feature Mother Goose characters and of course good ol’ Santa in some truly classic children’s comics and poems – very funny and well written, with some of the best artwork ever done for young children’s comics. This is “just for fun” stuff your kids will adore. And if you want some educational value from it, check out the “months of the year” story for little ones learning just that. Don’t miss it!"
     To download yours, go here:
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Free licensed PlayClaw Gaming Software

"For showing off slick new tricks or proving you really can take down The Boss with one shot, nothing shows it better than video. Before PlayClaw no other option worked well with modern games, because cutting edge games try to hog every ounce of your PC’s power leaving few resources for other applications."
System Requirements:Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (x32/x64); PlayClaw supports games based on DirectX 8, 9, 10, 11 and OpenGL. Administrator rights to run software are mandatory
Publisher:Sytexis software
File Size:19.6 MB
Price:The program is available for $47.77, but it will befree for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

To download your copy go here:
Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. PlayClaw Hardcore - PlayClaw is a very useful tool for almost every game player and a "must-have" tool for hardcore gamers.:
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Free Simply Good Pictures 2 Photo Software

More free photo software! Check out Daily Software Giveaway: today for "Simply Good Pictures 2...composed of a complex network of psychovisual and mathematical procedures, allowing the software to analyze any photo with high precision, provide visual optimization, and make it look more realistic.

The most essential component to this process is the reconstruction of the image in a way consistent with how the human eye would have seen it. Simultaneously, an innovative selective object detection algorithm ensures that the only parts of the picture to be optimized are the parts which need to be. With this process, Simply Good Pictures is practically a fully automated photo lab in your pocket: pictures receive a widened dynamic range, human faces in the picture are detected and optimized by relevance, exposure mistakes and colors are corrected, and shadows are lightened. The software can apply any and all of these functions without any required user action."

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Free Sky Aces: World War II Video Game

Game Giveaway of the Day - Sky Aces: World War II: "Sky Aces: World War II is an arcade aviation simulator dedicated to the events of WW II, and the airplanes participating in the conflict over the whole world. This updated version includes improved graphics, better frame rates, new features, improved user interface and HUD plus experimental support for local network games with two players.

The distinctive features of the game are models of airplanes of elaborate detail, copied from drawings and historically colored. Using slightly simplified physics, learning the controls of the airplanes is accomplished quickly and easily while providing for a fun gaming experience.

NOTE: The game is not a full fledged simulator and cannot make a pilot out of you; instead it lets you experience, from virtual piloting, a maximal adrenaline rush."

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System Requirements: Windows 98/ ME/ XP/ Vista/ 7; Pentium III processor; 256 Mb RAM; 50 Mb HD space; 32 Mb video memory; Sound card; DirectX 7
Publisher: Fly Games
Homepage: http://game.giveawayofthe...
File Size: 38.9 MB
Price: The program is available for $6.99, but it will be free for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Possible Free Art Supplies

From time to time, Conté à Paris may send out samples to interested artists. For your chance to receive free samples, please complete the below request form. Subject to availability. By signing up, you agree to receive marketing information from Conté à Paris. This will include our monthly newsletter and other relevant information such as competitions and other great offers.
*Participating countries are listed in the country drop down menu on their Facebook page.

To sign up go here:
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Win GUM Oral Care Products Or An IPad Mini

You could win Oral Care Products:
Enter to win a Sunstar GUM daily prize pack! But wait, there’s more! Get 5 friends to sign up and you’ll win a GUM toothbrush AND be entered to win an iPad mini!
To enter, please go here: 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Free ebook about Taming the “HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION OVERLOAD” Monster « Homeschool Freebie of the Day

     Homeschool Freebie of the Day is offering a special report. Here's how they describe something I experience. How about you?
     "Information overload is a factor of life. At times we all get tired and stressed, and either stall out or stray from our plans due to too much information. But it isn’t enough to just know what causes information overload. You must actively guard yourself from it, and take strategic steps toward taming it and getting back on track as soon as possible. In this report, discover practical strategies for dealing with “homeschool information overload” and learn how to free up more of your precious time for what is really important in your life. MUST reading for every online homeschool mom!"

To download your copy go here:
Taming the “HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION OVERLOAD” Monster « Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Free licensed AllMySongs Database 2.2 Software Today

Free Songs Software today:
"AllMySongs Database is a music library for managing and cataloging music files and AudioCD. Supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, FLAC and other music file formats. You can easily find any song from your music collection according to title, album, artist, genre etc. or any complex conditions. Also, with AllMySongs Database powerful tools you can automatically download album covers, artists photos, artists biography, AudioCD information from the Internet."
To get your copy go here:
Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. Today: AllMySongs Database 2.2 - AllMySongs Database is a music library for managing and cataloging music files and AudioCD. Supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, FLAC ...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Game Giveaway of the Day - Splotches

     Giveaway of the Day is offering a fun free artsy type game today. Here's how they describe "Splotches," which normally costs $5:
      "Make a mess! Splotches is a colorful, splattery puzzle game littered with paint and explosions. Spread and mix colors to make brownsplosions on your way to destroying the Rainbow Orb. Get past locked walls, teleporters, conveyors, mines and more as you solve tricky challenges. Play easy levels, play hard levels, or make your own levels! Just be sure to bring some goggles and gloves."
     To download your video game go here:
Game Giveaway of the Day - Splotches:

Friday, November 30, 2012

Free Christian Reformation in Foreign Missions Print Book

Click here
     Christian Aid will send you a free print book of how you can help native missionaries without leaving your couch:
     "About the Free Book:
Reformation in Foreign Missions
     Learn how you can stay at home and still be a part of helping 80,000 native missionaries share the gospel of Christ with more than 3000 tribes and nations.
     The author, Dr. Bob Finley, has been involved in missions to all nations for over 60 years and many consider him the father of modern, indigenous missions."
     To receive your copy, please go here to fill out the form:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free Peppa Pig Backpack Clip

To get one of the limited supply, click here:
(93) Official Peppa Pig - US:

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Free Moms Bumper Sticker Request - All Moms Work Hard

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To request yours, go here:

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Free Religious Financial Freedom DVD

To get your DVD go here:
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Free Proven Winners Circle Gardener's Idea Book

Gardener's Idea Book and Newsletter
 "You can request a 36-page Gardener's Idea Book — it is a great way to get ready to garden this spring. While you are there you can also sign-up to receive a monthly gardening tips newsletter — it's filled with wonderful in-depth information that is timed out for each season in the garden, and includes a new plant profile and plant combination recipe each month."

To dig up your copy go here:
Proven Winners | Winners Circle:

Free licensed Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Standard 6.1.11 create and share a photo movie masterpiece.

"Looking for an easy yet impressive way to burn your photos to DVD or share photos online? With Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Standard, literally drop-in your favorite photos and music, add built-in cinematic effects with a click and instantly create a compelling photo slideshow complete with title menu, soundtrack and even special effects.

Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Standard 6.1.11 can create and share a photo movie masterpiece.
System Requirements:Windows 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP; Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or above; 512MB RAM; 10 GB hard drive space
Publisher:Wondershare Software
File Size:43.7 MB
Price:The program is available for $39.95, but it will befree for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

Breathe new life into vacation, wedding, graduation and other albums.
Harness the creative power of 210+ custom slide templates and editing tools.
Look like a pro with built-in film effects.
Premier and share your shows on YouTube, Facebook, iPhone and more."
To get your copy here go here, download, activate and register before midnight:
Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Standard 6.1.11 - Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Standard can create and share a photo movie masterpiece.:

Free VideoFlick PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code - View, Organize, and Edit Photos and Video

Regularly $30, you can get a cool free video software today until midnight!
Bits Du Jour is offering "VideoFlick."
-  View, organize, and edit digital photos and video
-  Resize and crop videos and photos
-  Apply edits to fix brightness, color, and red-eye issues
-  Grab freeze frames from your favorite videos
-  Add watermarks to protect your work
-  Create HTML photo albums
-  Upload videos to popular online portals easily"
Download your copy here:
VideoFlick PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code - View, Organize, and Edit Photos and Video: "

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Free Understood Betsy Novel and MP3 Great for Homeschoolers Etc. Kindle, Nook, PDF, etc.

     Homeschool Freebie of the Day is offering a cute vintage story called "UNDERSTOOD BETSY" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher in PDF, kindle and nook ebook formats + mp3 audiobook.
     Here's how they describe it:

     "A truly classic children’s book...that is a real treat especially for homeschooling families. This engaging tale follows the adventures of thin, pale, 9 year old orphan Elizabeth Ann who is whisked away from her sheltered, overprotected city home and is taken to live on a Vermont farm where her cousins, the “dreaded Putneys,” live. However, it turns out that the Putneys are not at all what Elizabeth was told to expect, and under their care she blooms into a capable, independent and confident young lady.
     UNDERSTOOD BETSY is a deeply satisfying story with wonderful insights into education and learning for its own sake, your family will love this delightful heroine and her heartwarming story will stay with you for years to come. Highly recommended!"

To download yours go here:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Free Fun Christmas Radio Shows The Cinnamon Bear MP3s For Homeschool Or Plain Enjoyment

     Following tradition, Homeschool Freebie of the Day: is again offering vintage cliffhanger radio shows for the whole family to enjoy.
     Here's how they describe the 26 episode series, which will be available for download through Christmas:
     "The CINNAMON BEAR is the classic story of Judy and Jimmy Barton who search for the family’s Silver Star which goes on top of their Christmas tree.  They discover the star has disappeared from the attic.  Then they meet The Cinnamon Bear, and fly to Maybeland in his Soda Pop Airplane in pursuit of the Crazy Quilt Dragon, whom they believe took the ornament.  They meet a host of characters, including Crazy Quilt Dragon, The Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and even Santa Claus.
     Each 15 minute adventure in this 26 episode radio series is a cliffhanger.  Several times they recover the star, only to lose it again.  Eventually the star is found for good and they return home just in time for Christmas.
     Originally these broadcasts would start just after Thanksgiving and run until Christmas Eve. But you can listen to these at your own pace all through the holiday season! (Warning: Your kids WILL beg for more, so use ‘em as an incentive reward to get things like schoolwork and chores done around the house! ha ha)"
     Content Note: In this 26 part series, the characters do encounter a witch and some magical creatures. These are not “Harry Potter” type realistic characters, but old fashioned cartoony 1930′s versions. However, because some parents wish us to let them know if there are elements of magic in a program in any shape or form, we’re letting you know that now."
     To download your episodes go here:

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Free Inca Ball Software Game Giveaway

Inca Ball
Check out today's free software:
Game Giveaway of the Day - Inca Ball: "Launch into the valiant quest for the treasures of the ancient civilization in a marvelous arcade puzzle shining with nice visuals, 60 challenging levels and a variety of bonuses. Complete the game and you will get a splendid reward that’ll come in handy even if you are not in the game. The adventure requires you to use your quick wits and skill as you will need to shoot an orb into the moving chain of colored balls trying to create a sequence of spheres of the same color, which will disappear. As all the moving balls vanish, your way to the treasure room will be cleared.
To download your copy, go here:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Freebies Thanksgiving Cookbooks, Ecards, Etc.

English: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymo...
English: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe (Photo credit: Wikipedia) has "Top 10 Free Thanksgiving Ecards" here. It's not too late: has their Top 10 free ecards here:

Send a Thanksgiving Ecard To Friends and Family Members

My favorites include:

3. Breakin' With the Pilgrims

Thanksgiving Ecards© Hallmark
Nothing quite says Happy Thanksgiving like - a group of break dancing pilgrims?!
This hilarious free Thanksgiving ecard does just that and can be ready to go in just a few minutes.

4. Thanksgiving by Eleni's Cookies

Thanksgiving Ecards© Eleni's Cookies
Whoever gets this Thanksgiving ecard is going to be amazed at the detail put into these homemade turkey cookies.
Add your own custom title and message before sending off this free Thanksgiving ecard.

Need cooking tips? Here are some free ebooks:

Feast on delicious food with family, friends and loved ones. Make sure this year’s feast is as memorable as ever with new and inspiring recipes from the one-and-only Martha Stewart!"
Or check out these links for more good ones: Thanksgiving--949?. 951

Thanksgiving cooking safety guide from the USDA:

Holiday How-To: Thanksgiving Crafts and Pumpkin Recipes -  Welcome friends and family to your home with the abundant blessings of food and handcrafted décor for the season. With our ecookbook Holiday How-To: Thanksgiving Crafts and Pumpkin Recipes , you'll find delicious pumpkkin dessert recipes and great craft ideas that will bring the comfort and care of Thanksgiving to your home.

Prepare yourself for 40 new and delicious thanksgiving recipes! Mr. Food and the Idaho Potato Commission have teamed up: Thanksgiving-Ecookbook--232

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Free Thanksgiving Fun and Learning Activities and Ebooks for Homeschool, Families,

English: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymo...

"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) 
By Jennie A. Brownscombe
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Thanksgiving! Following are some fun and educational activities for homeschoolers,  classrooms or families just looking for interesting activities to do on this special day:
Thanksgiving Freebie Cornucopia

Thanksgiving ebook

Pumpkin Pie Decimal Fraction Puzzles:
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The Classroom

Thanksgiving Freebie
Fun Book
Simple Schooling Thanksgiving FREE Fun Book is just the perfect little activity for the upcoming holiday season.  This fun book has lots of coloring mixed in with fun facts about Pilgrims and Native Americans - plus several following directions and copywork activities.  23 pages in all and suitable for pre-K-2nd grade.  

Simple Schooling Thanksgiving Free Fun Book! - Simple Schooling | Simple Schooling Freebies | CurrClick:

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