Web Finds – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com Mon, 21 May 2018 15:39:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 //wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 //wp.readers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Rea-newFavicon-2016-Final-32x32.png Web Finds – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog 32 32 Make Your eReader Yours. //wp.readers.com/blog/make-your-ereader-yours/ Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:40:55 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=13213 Get an eReader for Christmas? Here’s how to customize it for your personality type. Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx. Electronic readers are designed to be functional. They’re engineered to help the average reader carry around an entire library […]

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Get an eReader for Christmas? Here’s how
to customize it for your personality type.

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx.

Electronic readers are designed to be functional. They’re engineered to help the average reader carry around an entire library of thousands of books at once. It’s important for the manufacturers to house that capability in a simple to use device that’s smaller than the average hardback best-seller. What they’re not made to do is to accommodate every style, every functional need outside of the plastic (or aluminum) shell.

Think of it as a pre-fab house. The structure is there, but it’s up to you to decide how to fill it up and how the rest of the world sees it from the outside. That’s where this list comes in. We’ve selected the best of the cases out there for Amazon’s Kindle™ eReaders; mainly because there’s such a wide selection of cases available. Where it’s appropriate, we’ve also noted the cases that are available for other popular eReaders, like the Barnes & Noble Nook™.

Jump to your personality type with the links below:

 

1. The Big City Commuter

Your eReader isn’t just a hobby, it’s an integral part of your daily routine–like coffee and keeping an eye out for that passenger who’s teetering between being the subject of a poem or a police report. It’s the time on the train or in the carpool van that circumstance and necessity have set aside for you to read without guilt, without interference, without having to drive.

The cases we chose for you are stylish, modern and shouldn’t invite too many conversations while you’re busy trying to read.

You probably own: Kindle Paperwhite

What you probably have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Grey felt and Italian leather folio.
  • Linen newsprint case with leather closure.
  • Classic magenta notebook-style case with orange elastic closure.

2. The Grandma or Grandpa

Sure, we know that there are as many types of grandparents as there are types of people. There are grandmas who are yoga instructors, pilots, lawyers, engineers, and Senators; grandpas who are authors, school teachers and athletes. But the list we picked out for this category is for storybook grandparents — the ones who bake cookies and fly kites; who know that there’s a time and a place for making a huge, satisfying mess; whose refrigerators are covered with photos, drawings and handprints.This is for anybody who, when asked “what do you do?” says “oh, I have grandkids!”

You probably own: Kindle Fire or Kindle Paperwhite

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Bright Green car ride-proof, oops-resistant case with carrying handle. (Kindle Fire only)
  • Purple, water-proof, drop-resistant case for grandparents and grandkids who are reading chapter books. (Kindle Paperwhite)

3. The Artist

Your eReader isn’t just the way you get inspiration, it’s how you share the way you feel about the world. If you’re exuberant, if your heart sings, if your brush strokes are wild and colorful and full of life, it shows in the books you read, and the cover you choose.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

  • The War of Art: How to Break Through Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Steven Pressfield.
  • Free access to 400,000 images from the Met’s online collection.
  • Sara Urist Green and husband/author John Green’s weekly Art Assignment video series.

Recommended cases for you:

  • Slide-on case with watercolor bird and wallpaper collage.
  • Folding case with vivid brushstroke stripes.
  • Folding case with dogwood blossoms photographed against the sky.

4. The “All Business”

Your eReader isn’t a way to express yourself, it’s a way to keep yourself informed. The case you get doesn’t need to get attention or make a statement, it’s not the elevator speech for who you are and what you love. It just needs to protect your device as effectively and unobtrusively as possible.

You probably own: Kindle Paperwhite

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Harris tweed slip-on cover.
  • The lightest, thinnest leather cover out there.
  • Simple, black cover with built-in hands-free stand.

5. Style Maven

You use the inside of your reader to keep up to date on the best of what’s currently out there. Whatever reader you have, it’s probably filled with color, design and wish lists. The outside should have as much style.

You probably own: Kindle Fire HD

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Kate Spade handbag. It’s not a Kindle case, but who says you can’t keep one in here?
  • Leather, manilla envelope style slip-on case.
  • Jonathan Adler black and cream question mark case.

6. The Farmer’s Market

You have a couple extra bags in the trunk, just in case. Or in the basket of your bike. You can thump a cantaloupe and tell if its ready; tell a ripe green apple from a green unripe one. You prefer counting miles your food has travelled over the amount of calories it has. More likely than not, you’ve signed a petition enthusiastically.

You probably own: Kindle Paperwhite

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Patchwork wool slip-on case with leather closure.
  • Striped wool slip-on case with button closure.
  • Leather folding case with sunflowers.
  • Leather folding case with honeybees. (only available for Kindle Fire)

7. The Athlete

You get up early because that’s what you have to do. Not to meet some New Year’s resolution, but to meet the expectations you set for yourself. You push because it’s who you are and the way you choose to live.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

  • Waterproof, shock-proof, hard tablet shell.
  • Otterbox™ super-tough, Defender series shell with stand.
  • Waterproof, wearable case with neck lanyard.

8. The Maker

You like to do things yourself — sew things, glue things, bolt things to steel. You know how to drive a straight nail or stitch a straight hem. You cook, you bake, you take things on. You’re a woman who doesn’t need a pink drill, a man who doesn’t need the instructions.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

  • Make Magazine. From robots to 3-D printers; bike-powered, DIY cell phone chargers and more.
  • Mental Floss Magazine. It’s not about building anything but your brain.
  • Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs has a blog and a plan to make things better for all of us.

Recommended cases for you:

  • Make your own denim Kindle case from an old pair of jeans.
  • DIY case made out of wood and a bamboo sushi mat.
  • Cheerful felt case that just seems like you might have made it.

9. The Bedtime Reader

You do most of your reading at night. You don’t need bells and whistles, because you’re trying to wind down and other people might be trying to sleep. If you’re trying to read yourself to sleep, you might want to read about Mindfulness here as a way to learn to control the pace and tenor of your thoughts. If night is just the place you prefer to read, because that’s what you’ve always done, please, read on.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you:

10. The Sci-Fi Fan

You might have a vast collection of memorabilia or a hidden penchant for Firefly. You might have t-shirts that broadcast which fan clubs you’re a member of, or a secret folder of bookmarked fan fiction. Either way, you crave lasers, faraway worlds and the sense that there is such a thing as a misunderstood hero who can rise above his past to save a universe or two.

You probably own: Kindle Fire

What you have (or should have) in your reader:

Recommended cases for you: 

  • Chewbacca blowing a giant bubble gum bubble.
  • C-3PO in a suit from a long, long, long, long time ago.
  • The Tardis. From the time, in the distant past when there was such a thing as a phonebooth.

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Vote For Your Favorite Reading Nook & Win! //wp.readers.com/blog/diy-reading-nook-contest/ //wp.readers.com/blog/diy-reading-nook-contest/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:00:12 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=10670 Here at Readers.com, the only thing we can think of that’s better than reading for hours on end — is reading for hours on end curled up in a cozy nook. We’re hosting a contest to determine which of these DIY Home Bloggers’ reading nooks is the most spec-tacular! Check out the reading nook designs […]

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Here at Readers.com, the only thing we can think of that’s better than reading for hours on end — is reading for hours on end curled up in a cozy nook. We’re hosting a contest to determine which of these DIY Home Bloggers’ reading nooks is the most spec-tacular!

Check out the reading nook designs below (click through each nook for a closer look!) and vote for your favorite to be entered to win a $100 Home Improvement Gift Card, $50 Amazon.com Gift Card, and Kindle Paperwhite!

Apprentice Extrovert Chernee's House Jenna Sue's Designs Our Fifth House Pretty Handy Girl Windmill Words Image Map

Now that you’ve seen them all, see the official rules, and vote for the one you think is most spec-tacular below! You may vote once per day until the contest ends on July 29. 

How to Enter

Input your email address in the quiz form above and select the reading nook you want to win! Remember, you can enter up to once a day.

Prizes

The blogger whose reading nook design receives the most votes will be selected as the winner of the contest. An individual who voted for the winning design will also be selected at random as a winner. Both individuals will receive the following (amazing!) prizes:

  • $100 Home Improvement Gift Card
  • $50 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Kindle Paperwhite

Official Rules

  • You may vote for your favorite reading nook once per day beginning 7/15/2014 through 7/29/2014. You must provide your email address each time you vote. 
  • The blogger whose design earns the highest number of votes will win. 
  • Anyone who voted for the winning blogger will be entered into a pool for a chance to win the voter prize package. 
  • The winner of the voter prize package will be selected at random. 
  • This is a contest. Odds of winning depend on eligible entries received.
  • Contest is only open to residents of the United States and Canada.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Winners will be notified via email.
  • For any questions, contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or email at pr@readers.com.

 

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7 Delicious Chocolate Desserts for Valentine's Day //wp.readers.com/blog/chocolate-dessert-recipes/ //wp.readers.com/blog/chocolate-dessert-recipes/#respond Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:35:29 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=9460 Sweets for your sweeties? How about some homemade, chocolatey goodness this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re planning a candlelight dinner for two or a yummy treat for yourself and the kids, here are seven creamy, chocolate confections that are sure to say, “I love you,” with every bite. 1.  Cinnamon Chocolate Cake One of our all-time […]

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Sweets for your sweeties? How about some homemade, chocolatey goodness this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re planning a candlelight dinner for two or a yummy treat for yourself and the kids, here are seven creamy, chocolate confections that are sure to say, “I love you,” with every bite.

The Most Delicious List of Chocolate Valentine's Day Desserts!

1.  Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

One of our all-time favorites? Pictured above, this chocolate cake recipe will make every chocolate lover smile. We love the idea of passing this cake out in cupcake form to all of your Valentines. (Much better than a piece of paper, don’t you think?)

Find the recipe (and a whole cookbook full of desserts and cold weather recipes!) here

2. “Way Easy” Chocolate Coffee Mousse

We love recipes with a name that begins with way easy. We also love coffee with our chocolate. Serve this one in martini glasses for an elegant end to a romantic dinner for two (plan to have seconds — this recipe makes four servings). Or, dish this mousse up for a post-dinner delight for the whole family!

Find the recipe here.

3. Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie

You’ll have no trouble at all getting the kids to eat their oatmeal with this scrumptious pie from the owners of Brooklyn’s Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie and coffee shop. It’s one of the few chocolate recipes we’ve seen that includes cider vinegar.

Find the recipe here.

4. Chocolate Pasta with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Sauce, White Chocolate Shavings, and Fresh Berries

Why wait for dessert to get your chocolate fix? Warning: This recipe’s name alone has about a thousand calories. (But we say go ahead and splurge — you can blame us.)

Find the recipe here.

5. Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

Put a bit of real heat in your hot chocolate with some cinnamon, chipotle powder, cayenne, and a pinch of nutmeg. This recipe will warm your heart after a snowball fight in a chilly winter wonderland.

Find the recipe here.

6. Fruit Chocolate Bread

This recipe makes two loaves — one for your special someone, and one he or she will never have to know about. We love the idea of surprising your husband or wife with a steaming hot slice of this bread and their favorite morning beverage for breakfast.

Find the recipe here.

7. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Here’s an appealing appetizer to get the party started this Valentine’s Day. Serve with crackers, graham or animal. Perfect for those of you hosting a group (whether it’s couples, close family, or grandchildren) at your place. They’ll be licking the bowl in no time.

Find the recipe here.

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Join Us on Social Media //wp.readers.com/blog/join-us-on-social-media/ //wp.readers.com/blog/join-us-on-social-media/#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:58:40 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=9199 Whether you’re looking for info on our biggest sales or our best-selling frames, social media is the quickest way to find what you’re searching for! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, join us on Pinterest, follow us on Instagram, and add us on Google+ to be the first to know about all things […]

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Whether you’re looking for info on our biggest sales or our best-selling frames, social media is the quickest way to find what you’re searching for! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, join us on Pinterest, follow us on Instagram, and add us on Google+ to be the first to know about all things Readers.com!

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Facebook Faux Pas to Avoid //wp.readers.com/blog/facebook-etiquette/ //wp.readers.com/blog/facebook-etiquette/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:00:53 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=8172 From step-by-step tutorials to helpful hints, the Readers.com family is always up for trying new things. Join us each month as we consult the experts in fields ranging from social media to antique hunting in our Hobbies & How To’s series, and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way! Facebook and other social […]

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From step-by-step tutorials to helpful hints, the Readers.com family is always up for trying new things. Join us each month as we consult the experts in fields ranging from social media to antique hunting in our Hobbies & How To’s series, and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way!

Facebook mistakes to avoid

Facebook and other social media websites are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. But with these exciting new technologies also comes brand new ways to blunder our way into boring or agitating our friends. Want to avoid contracting a virtual case of foot-in-mouth disease? Here are five Facebook faux pas you’ll definitely want to avoid.

1. Keep It Interesting

That cranberry muffin I ate for breakfast was delicious, but I doubt it would interest very many of my Facebook friends. Before you post, ask yourself this simple question: “If someone else posted this update, would I find it interesting and worth reading?”

2. Don’t Post Haste

Most of us have at least one Facebook friend who posts 30 or more status updates every day. Even if the content is interesting, the sheer volume can be fatiguing, and eventually we begin to tune that friend out. Are you that friend? I’m sorry, but the next time you post an important update I may inadvertently skim right past it.

3. Don’t Overshare

Liking and commenting on friends’ pics and posts is a fun way to stay in touch. But don’t get too personal, at least not in public. If you have something critical or potentially embarrassing to share, like “I don’t think those new jeans are your best look,” send a private message, use email, or send a text message. Remember, posting to a friend’s wall is akin to speaking into a microphone in front of a gathering of all of their friends and family members.

4. Let It Cool Down

There’s nothing wrong with discussing important subjects or introducing a bit of controversy into your timeline, but consider holding back, at least for a few hours. Reread your post later with fresh eyes, and before you press the send button ask yourself, “Did I express myself clearly? Am I provoking someone just to be argumentative? Will what I have to say offend or hurt feelings needlessly?”

5. Match the Formatting to the Feeling

NEVER POST IN ALL CAPS! TO OTHERS IT WILL SEEM LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING ANGRILY!! Remember, the written word can’t always carry the correct emotional context. If you write something that can be misinterpreted, add a wink, a smiley face, or another emoticon  that can help express those subtle messages usually conveyed by tone of voice or body language.

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How to Use Facebook for Beginners: 6 Tips //wp.readers.com/blog/facebook-for-beginners/ //wp.readers.com/blog/facebook-for-beginners/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:01:53 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=7690 Nearly 300 million people log into Facebook each and every day. With numbers that high, it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd, especially if you’re a new or novice user. But take heart — here are six easy tips to improve your Facebook experience. (And don’t forget to read up on these common Facebook […]

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Nearly 300 million people log into Facebook each and every day. With numbers that high, it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd, especially if you’re a new or novice user. But take heart — here are six easy tips to improve your Facebook experience. (And don’t forget to read up on these common Facebook faux pas when you’re done!)

When you’re done reading, be sure to click the Facebook button above this post and share them with all your friends!

Facebook Login Homepage

1. Find More Friends

how to find friends on facebook

You probably already have most of your friends in your email contact list. Click the Find Friends link on the footer of the Facebook homepage, where you can enter your email account info and have the site show you which of your contacts are already on Facebook. From there, it’s a simple matter to send out friend requests and jumpstart your own social network.

 

2. Share with Care

how to change share settings on facebook

Don’t want your boss to see that picture of you with your feet up on your desk? When you post a photo, video, or even a status update, use the audience selector tool to decide exactly with whom you wish to share. The default setting is the last one you used, so if you shared your last post with everyone, your next one will do the same unless you change it again.

 

3. Clear the Clutter

how to get rid of app requests on facebook

Want to get rid of some of those annoying notifications so you no longer have to fake interest in your Uncle Carl’s Facebook farm? Click the Account Settings button, then click the Notifications tab. Head straight to “App requests and activity” and squash those pesky updates at the source.

 

4. Change It Up

how to change your facebook profile picture

Embarrassed by that awful profile picture you thought looked so dashing six months ago? Click the Profile button on your Facebook homepage. Hover your mouse over your current profile picture, and you’ll find another button that says “Edit Profile Picture.” Click this, and you can upload a new profile picture, use a picture you’ve already uploaded, or even grab an image from a friend’s photo album.

 

5. Go Mobile

how to use facebook mobile

The tiny print on the Facebook apps for iPhones and Android smartphones may require a good pair of readers, but there are definite advantages. Waiting in a long line at the store is a great time to check your updates. You can also snap a picture of that gorgeous sunset or shoot a video of your granddaughter taking her first wobbly bike ride and post it directly to your account in seconds flat. Doing some summer traveling? Be sure to use Facebook Check In to tell your friends you’re in the neighborhood.

 

6. Spread the Word

how to share links on facebook

Enjoying this blog post or some other article online, and want to share it with your friends? Press the share button on this page, or even better, copy the link in your browser’s address bar and simply paste it into a status update message, along with your comments. Facebook will automatically create a link so your friends can read the same article and leave a comment of their own.

Be sure to try out these new tips for yourself, and let us know what you think!

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Readers with Style: Get Inspired for Spring! //wp.readers.com/blog/glasses-styled-by-bloggers/ //wp.readers.com/blog/glasses-styled-by-bloggers/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:00:41 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=7181 Around our office, reading glasses are more than just a necessity — they’re a style statement, too! Long gone are the days of wearing boring, basic readers, and here to stay are cute cat eyes, thick frames, and an assortment of reader embellishments. To help you make the most of your spring wardrobe, we’ve asked a few […]

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Around our office, reading glasses are more than just a necessity — they’re a style statement, too! Long gone are the days of wearing boring, basic readers, and here to stay are cute cat eyes, thick frames, and an assortment of reader embellishments. To help you make the most of your spring wardrobe, we’ve asked a few of our favorite female bloggers to style their favorite Readers.com frames.

See how they dressed each pair to perfection, and be sure to grab a few of your own this season!

Click through the pictures for more on each blogger’s distinct style. 

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style

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We love Patti’s authentic, classic style with a touch of sass — think silk scarves, trendy prints, and fun jewelry. Patti chose to style The Nelson, a refreshing take on the everyday reader. We love how Patti kept her look modern, by pairing the glasses, a silk blouse, timeless blazer, and leather boots with a leopard print skirt. She added a personal touch with a rose pin that she made into a necklace. This is the perfect look for springtime work attire!

Grab a pair of Patti’s readers here!

Crystal of Dressed Her Day Vintage

Readers Style: Dress Up with Crystal of Dressed Her Days Vintage

Crystal is a fan of vintage fashion, which is why she chose our quirky cat eye readers in aqua. We love how Crystal mixes modern and retro pieces for a look that’s uniquely her own! Here, she gave her readers a nautical update by pairing them with red loafers, tailored pants, a crisp button-down, blue cardigan, and red sailboat tie. The entire look definitely makes us want to spend a sunshine-filled day on the lake this spring!  

Grab a pair of Crystal’s readers here!

Rebecca of Grown Up Plus

Readers Style: Dress Up with Rebecca of Grown Up Plus Readers Style: Dress Up with Rebecca of Grown Up Plus  

Rebecca‘s style is effortless and fun, and we love her trendy accessories and jewelry; they’re perfect for perking up any desk attire! Rebecca styled our Heritage computer readers not one, but two lovely ways. In the first look, Rebecca chose contrasting black and white (a big Spring 2013 trend!), stripes, and polka dots to complement her readers, and in the second look, she added chic gold jewelry to a classic dark tee and cardigan.

Grab a pair of Rebecca’s readers here!

Shelley of Forest City Fashionista

Readers Style: Shelley of Forest City Fashionista

 Readers Style: Shelley of Forest City Fashionista

We love any excuse to go bold, and Shelley has styled our round readers to bold, beautiful perfection. Shelley paired our smart-looking Elton readers and our oversized Architect readers with standout sweaters, rich hues, classic blacks, and dramatic hats for two eclectic-cool looks that’ll surely get you noticed this spring.

Grab Shelley’s small round and large round readers here!

 

Thank you to Patti, Crystal, Rebecca, and Shelley for taking a moment to talk with us and share your spec styles!

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10 Pet Projects: DIY For Your Furry Friends //wp.readers.com/blog/diy-pet-projects/ //wp.readers.com/blog/diy-pet-projects/#respond Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:00:36 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=6075 Did you remember to treat your pet this holiday season to an extra treat or a new toy? I know my cats love any holiday that involves wrapping paper and boxes. 😉 If you’re looking for some fun DIYs to pass snowbound days, why not make something sweet for your faithful companions? Whether you are […]

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Did you remember to treat your pet this holiday season to an extra treat or a new toy? I know my cats love any holiday that involves wrapping paper and boxes. 😉

If you’re looking for some fun DIYs to pass snowbound days, why not make something sweet for your faithful companions? Whether you are a cat lover or prefer the company of a loyal pup, here are a few fun and easy DIY projects your furry (and scaly!) friends will love:

Pet ID Tags

diy pet id tags

Leave it to Martha Stewart, animal lover and craft extraordinaire, to come up with this cute little project! These pet ID tags can be done quite quickly and affordably with the use of her crafty tools, all of which are easy to find at your local big-box craft store. Hey, who doesn’t love a trip to Hobby Lobby, anyway?!

Suitcase Pet Bed

diy suitcase pet bed

Doesn’t this kitty look comfy? That’s because he’s sleeping in a cozy new bed made from a vintage suitcase! While this one doesn’t have exact instructions, it looks simple enough! The hardest part may be finding the right suitcase. I see thrifting in your future…

Gumball Machine Fish Bowl

diy gumball machine fish tank

Some people just don’t have the time to care for a four-legged friend and opt for a not-so-demanding fish — or you’re like me and get fish to act as “Kitty TV.” How fun is this fish bowl made from an old gumball machine? Keep in mind that this is for a small fish and will not be aerated with a pump. Surprisingly, this one doesn’t require that many materials either.

Dog Biscuits

homemade dog biscuits

Ever worry about what is in those treats you are feeding your dog? Sensitive tummies can leave you with messes to clean up (yucky!). This recipe for homemade dog biscuits also comes from Martha Stewart and requires just a few basic ingredients and fun, bone-shaped cookie cutters!

Catnip Toy

diy catnip toy

My cats find joy in the little things — empty boxes, hair ties, etc. This homemade catnip toy allows you to interact with your cat and provides them with hours of fun in return. This DIY blog post, complete with instructions and helpful step-by-step photos, states that the craft can be completed in roughly 40 minutes! Not too bad!

Pet Bowl Stand

diy pet bowl stand

This DIY requires some light “construction,” but the end result is well-worth it. This project is perfect for the cat or dog that likes to tip over food and water bowls. Or, it’s also great for aging pets that have trouble eating and drinking from bowls on the ground.

Dapper Pet Collar

DIY Pet Collar

Have you ever seen anything as cute as a dapper cat wearing a shirt collar? This no-sew DIY only requires an old collared shirt and scissors. I know my cats wouldn’t tolerate wearing this, but I sure wish they would!

Food Canister

DIY pet food tin

Chances are you have one or two holiday popcorn tins left over from recent festivities. Repurpose one of them to make a tin to store dog or cat food. Not only is this more attractive than keeping a bag of food around your home, but it’ll keep your pet’s food fresher for longer.

Cushion Pet Bed

diy pet cusion

This DIY requires a bit of sewing, but nothing too daunting. Pets love to have a bed of their own, and it may deter them from getting hair all over your furniture.  Most pet stores have an underwhelming selection of colors when it comes to pet beds. Sew one yourself and match it to your home’s decor!

Pet Sweater

diy pet sweater

This one claims to be the easiest pet sweater DIY on the planet. All you need is a toddler sweatshirt and scissors — no sewing required. Now the trick is getting your cat to sit still long enough to put it on…

Go ahead and get crafting! Make your ever-faithful pal a special treat.

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Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness //wp.readers.com/blog/go-pink-for-breast-cancer-awareness/ //wp.readers.com/blog/go-pink-for-breast-cancer-awareness/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:00:17 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=6016 This October, Readers.com is going pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For us, going pink is about more than adding a little color to our wardrobes four weeks out of the year — it’s a way of life. Breast cancer is an invasive disease that affects one in eight women. Chances are you […]

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Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, Readers.com is going pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For us, going pink is about more than adding a little color to our wardrobes four weeks out of the year — it’s a way of life.

Breast cancer is an invasive disease that affects one in eight women. Chances are you even know someone who has been touched by breast cancer, whether it be a friend, co-worker, or family member.

Ranking right behind skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women, and for some, it may feel as though its presence is everywhere. That is why this month (and all year long), we ask you to join us in going pink for breast cancer awareness. Whether it be through support, education, or fundraising, every little bit can make a difference.

Early Detection

The best protection against breast cancer is early detection. Ladies, if you’re over the age of 40, be sure to schedule an annual mammogram. Breast cancer is not preventable, but an annual screening is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in its early stages. For those under 40, regular self-examinations and annual clinical checks are strongly recommended.

Get Involved

Whether it be by wearing pink, urging a friend to schedule an annual mammogram, or donating your time, step up and show your support this month. To learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ways you can get involved, check out the following resources:

www.cancer.org
ww5.komen.org
www.nbcam.org

 

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A Tasty Summer Tomato //wp.readers.com/blog/tomato-summer-food/ //wp.readers.com/blog/tomato-summer-food/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:18:13 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=5616 Nothing beats fresh-from-the-garden produce on a nice summer day. Something that tastes especially amazing homegrown is a fresh tomato.  If you’re like my family, you just add a dash of salt and eat it right there. But there are some amazing recipes that you can incorporate into your next meal (If the tomato escapes the […]

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Nothing beats fresh-from-the-garden produce on a nice summer day. Something that tastes especially amazing homegrown is a fresh tomato.  If you’re like my family, you just add a dash of salt and eat it right there. But there are some amazing recipes that you can incorporate into your next meal (If the tomato escapes the quick fate of entering your stomach instantly).

Summer Food Recipe

1.  Tomato Millefeuilles

Thanks to La Tartine Gourmande for this amazing recipe. Please visit their site for a complete list of all the ingredients.

Steps:

  1. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella into think slices. Make slices of equal sizes to make it pretty-and so the pieces will not fall.  For stability, cut small pieces at the bottom.
  2. Layer each slice. Season with pepper between each of the delicious slices.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar right before serving.

2. Stuffed Tomatoes with Peaches, Corn, Cucumbers, and Basil

Thanks to Martha Stewart for this tasty recipe. Please visit her site for a complete list of all the ingredients.

Steps:

  1. Slice off the tops of tomatoes (about 1/2 inch). Scoop and chop the seeds and ribs.  Stir together the chopped tomatoes, peaches, cucumbers, corn, oil, 1 tablespoon lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Adjust for acidity, adding up to 1 tablespoon more lime juice. At the right tastes, stir in basil.
  3. Season the tomato shells with salt and pepper on the inside. Fill the shell with the mixture.  Serve immediately.

3.  Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Check out this delicious recipe from Eating Well. Please visit their site for a complete list of all the ingredients.

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place tomatoes cut-side up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan, oregano, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with oil and bake until the tomatoes are tender — approximately 15 minutes.

4. Cherry Tomato Salad

Check out this fan favorite on the Food Network blog.

Steps:

  1. Pick up some multicolored cherry tomatoes and cover them a creamy, tart buttermilk-basil dressing.

 

All of these tasty treats are red hot! (Get it?) But if tomatoes aren’t your fancy, we have  more summer treat ideas  to make for the next barbecue just in case 🙂

Have a great day!

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