Inspiring Videos

inspiration-just-ahead-roadsignWith the media focussing on so much negativity happening all around us constantly, it’s kind of refreshing to find something positive in the world today. Here you will find a few videos I’ve come across as well as a few that friends have sent me on facebook recently. Hopefully you’ll find some of these inspirational carrying a positive message….. or at the very least, they may put a smile on your face, or maybe even a teardrop. Enjoy

I’ll be adding a few more as I come across them or receive them….. as time permits 

INSPIRING VIDEOS……….

MOTIVATIONAL + INSPIRATIONAL

Be Thankful For What You Have

Be The Change – An Inspirational Video

Life = Risk

Love Lesson / Life’s Big Questions (Unscripted)

Marc Mero’s Emotional Mother’s Day Story

Marc Mero is a former professional wrestler and now a phenomenal motivational speaker. He delivers this powerful message during an assembly at a middle school…

(A very powerful message…..get the tissues out before you view this one)

MINDSHIFT – A Motivational Video

NEVER QUIT – A Motivational Video

What moms think of themselves vs. what their kids think

You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story Song): A Father/Daughter Duet by 3-Year-Old Claire Ryann & Her Dad

Songs About Nostalgia That Reference Specific People Places Things or Events of the Past / UPDATED 2017

2017 UPDATE – Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I just completed a major overhaul and update of this older post of mine about SONGS ABOUT NOSTALGIA THAT REFERENCE SPECIFIC PEOPLE, PLACES THINGS OR EVENTS OF THE PAST. There have been several more songs added, complete with videos. I’ve tried to include as many videos with lyrics so you can follow along. There have also been a few corrections and changes too. Please click the link below to take you to this updated post.

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Songs About Nostalgia That Reference Specific People Places Things or Events of the Past

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Over the years we can all relate to good times and bad times in our lives. Some are rewarding  experiences that seem to make that moment in time stand still while others are unpleasant or emotional events that leave a lasting impression or hurt in our heads, hearts and souls. There are a few songs  out there that specifically mention these events or people or objects that bring back these times to those of us who have lived through them. These particular songs can attest to a particular time in our past that evoke memories of that particular era.

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So here I present to you a few songs with videos that reference, reflect, mention or list specific people, places, things, events and dates of the past. Some of the videos presented here also include song lyrics of vivid childhood images and  memories of what it was like growing up with favorite past times, celebrities, heroes, fads, games, toys, pop culture (music, movies and TV), etc. Some of the recollections also include unpleasant or sad events such as deaths of famous people, destruction, tragedies, war and so forth.

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So sit back and enjoy the following videos of songs that evoke memories and/or pay homage to specific and/or real people, places or things of our past. If you can think of others please feel free to let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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Songs About Nostalgia That Reference Specific People Places Things or Events of the Past

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Valentines Day Fun & Games For Kids

valentines-day-tigger-logoWith Valentines Day just around the corner and winter weather still packing a powerful punch in many areas around North America, here are a few fun indoor activities for the little ones to do. This should also provide kids (whether they want it or not, a break from the TV and video games for awhile to help improve imagination as well as thinking in a good old-fashion fun way. .

Feel free to print any of these out for your kids to use and enjoy…..

Here are a few Printable Valentines Day Activities

Mazes – Word Search – Puzzles – Coloring Pages –

Connect The Dots – Matching – Word Scramble

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1 – Winnie The Pooh Coloring Page

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2 – Word Search

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3. Maze

 

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4. Connect-the-dots to make Curious George

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5. Find the hidden pictures – then color

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6. Ninja Coloring page

 

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7. Maze

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8.Word Search

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9. Read & Match

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10. Matching hearts

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Super Bowl’s Greatest TV Commercials of All-Time: A Look Back Over 50 Years

super-bowls-greatest-commercials-logoIt’s that time of year again, the grand finale of the American football season, the SUPER BOWL, complete with all the hype that leads up to it, especially over the past two weeks. Even for the non-football fans, the commercials can be the main attraction along with the half time show, usually a music extravaganza. The focus here is strictly on those television commercials, the ones that the largest sponsors pay mega-bucks for, this year having hit around the five million dollar mark – and that’s per sixty second ad! This is the time of year sponsors pitch their best ad, knowing that this is the “holy grail” of TV viewership, millions and millions of viewers worldwide. Some are quite humorous, some are thought provoking, some are sentimental, some are bizarre, but most all of them are memorable for a long time afterwards, which is why they’re initially shown during this time to begin with. Love ’em or hate ’em, here they are in all their glory.

Here are the very best of the best…. year-by-year….. in reverse order

(2016) Super Bowl 50 – Hyundai Genesis “First Date”

(2016) Super Bowl 50 – Doritos “Ultrasound”

(2014) Super Bowl XLVIII – Doritos “Time Machine”

(2013) Super Bowl XLVII – Budweiser “The Clydesdales Brotherhood”

(2013) Super Bowl XLVII – Dodge Ram Trucks “Farmer”

(2013) Super Bowl XLVII – Doritos “Goat 4 Sale”

(2012) Super Bowl XLVI – Chrysler “Halftime In America”

(2011) Super Bowl XLV – Volkswagen “The Force”

(2011) Super Bowl XLV – Bridgestone “Reply All”

(2010) Super Bowl XLIV – Snickers “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry”

(2010) Super Bowl XLIV – Doritos “Slap”

(2010) Super Bowl XLIV – Old Spice “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like”

(2009) Super Bowl XLIII – Pepsi Max “I’m Good”

(2008) Super Bowl XLII – Bridgestone “Scream”

(2006) Super Bowl XL – Fedex “Caveman”

(2006) Super Bowl XL – Bud Light “The Magic Fridge”

(2003) Super Bowl XXXVII – Reebok “Terry Tate, Office Linebacker”

(2003) Super Bowl XXXVII – FedEx “Castaway”

(2002) Super Bowl XXXVI – Budweiser “911 Tribute”

(2000) Super Bowl XXXIV – EDS “Cat Herders”

(2000) Super Bowl XXXIV – Budweiser “Whassup?”

(1999) Super Bowl XXXIII – Monster.com “When I Grow Up”

(1998) Super Bowl XXXII – Doritos 3D “Mad Skills”

(1998) Super Bowl XXXII – Tabasco “Mosquito”

(1996) Super Bowl XXX – Pepsi “Security Camera”

(1996) Super Bowl XXX – Budweiser “Clydesdales Football”

(1995) Super Bowl XXIX – Budwesier “Frogs”

(1993) Super Bowl XXVII – McDonald’s “The Showdown”

(1992) Super Bowl XXVI – Nike “Hare Jordan”

(1991) Super Bowl XXV – Diet Pepsi “You Got The Right One, Baby”

(1990) Super Bowl XXV – Coca Cola “Hilltop Reunion”

(1984) Super Bowl XVIII – Apple “Introducing Macintosh”

(1984) Super Bowl XVIII – Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?”

(1980) Super Bowl XIV – Coca-Cola “Hey Kid, Catch!”

(1977) Super Bowl XI – Xerox “It’s A Miracle”

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Most Forgotten Old Cartoon Characters

chilly-willyLet me start off first by saying that every age group is going to have a different opinion of what is considered OLD. I’m gonna pretty much rule out anything that has come out since 1990. I’m also gonna rule out any cartoon or animated characters that have been brought back to be made into a new movie release or a sequel…. same rule will apply for television. I’m trying to focus on long lost characters that us older folks (I’m 60 so I think I qualify :P) fondly remember from our childhood. Most of these characters have long since been forgotten. Some of these will date back to the early days of TV, the 1950’s and 60’s, others from the movies or comics may date back to the 1930’s and 40’s. There are still quite a few below from the 1970’s and 80’s as well.

Needless to say, this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, just a sampling of some of thecolonel-kit-coyotego-go-gophers most beloved characters from our past which have not been revived into a new series or film release. Let me know below who your favorites are from your younger years. Just remember they have to be cartoons, comics, animation, fictional movie characters that are NOT being shown on TV or the movies any more, other than in occasional reruns.

As always the listings appear in alphabetical order to make characters easier to find.

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Most Forgotten Old Cartoon Characters

Atom Ant

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Auggie Doggie & Doggie Daddy

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Beany & Cecil

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Breezly & Sneezly

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Captain Caveman

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Chilly Willy

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Colonel Kit Coyote

(from Go Go Gophers)

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Crusader Rabbit

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Dastardly & Muttley

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Dudley Do-Right

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The Great Gazoo

(from The Flintstones)

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Hokey Wolf

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Hoppity Hooper

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Huckleberry Hound

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Jiminy Cricket

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Magilla Guerilla

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Mighty Mouse

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Peter Potamus

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Pixie & Dixie with Mr. Jinx

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Punkin Puss

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Quick Draw McGraw

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Ricochet Rabbit

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Rocky & Bullwinkle

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Ruff N Reddy

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Secret Squirrel

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Snagglepuss

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Snidely Whiplash

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Speedy Gonzales

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Tasmanian Devil

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Tennessee Tuxedo

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Tooter Turtle

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Top Cat

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Touche Turtle & Dum Dum

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Wally Gator

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Woody Woodpecker

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Yakky Doodle, Chopper & Fibber Fox

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN ONGOING PROJECT – MORE CHARACTERS WILL BE ADDED SOON AS TIME PERMITS

Creative Cooking Ideas – Video Recipes

creative-cooking-logoLooking for some new creative meal ideas to try your bacon-cheeseburger-piehands on at home? Check out a few of these mouth watering video recipes. Some of these may not be the best choice for those of you looking to shed a few pounds. Nor are any of these gonna win any healthy food choice awards – BUT sometimes you just have to some good old-fashion homemade comfort food…… with a little bit of a modern twist. Enjoy the collection of short videos below. I’ll be adding a few new ones from time to time.

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Pie

  • Baked Salsa Verde Chicken

  • Cheesy Taco Sticks

  • Chicken & Biscuits Bake

  • French Dip Sliders

  • Fully Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

  • Garlic Chicken And Veggie Pasta

  • Mexican Lasagna

  • Pulled Pork Oven Recipe

  • Quesadillas 4 Ways

  • Seven-Layer Dip Cups

  • Shepherd’s Pie

  • Shrimp Egg Roll Recipe – Easy Chinese Recipe

  • Slow Cooker Honey Pork Roast

  • Veggie-Stuffed Steak Rolls

  • Zucchini Lattice Lasagna

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MAIN DISH BONUS RECIPES:

Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp are coated in the most amazing sticky honey garlic butter soy sauce.  This is a quick 20 minute meal that you will make again and again! 

The Recipe Critic

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Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon

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A five star salmon baked with the best homemade sesame teriyaki sauce. This is easily one of the best things that you will eat!

The Recipe Critic

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Creamy French Onion Chicken & Rice Casserole

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This chicken and rice casserole recipe is pure comfort food and it’s really simple to throw together.

Buns In My Oven

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

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This is one of the most flavorable casseroles you can make… just bursting with flavor. This is awesome when you want a nice easy delicious dinner.

My Incredible Recipes

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Crispy Parmesan Chicken w/ Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta

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Crispy, tender and juicy parmesan crusted chicken over the most incredible creamy lemon garlic pasta!  This is a must make meal!

 The Recipe Critic

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Lazy Day Crock Pot Lasagna

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This is appropriately called the lazy day crock pot lasagna because it is perfect for that lazy day, when you know you have to cook, but you really don’t want to. Your body says you want delicious comfort food, but your brain says not to do all the work. This quick and easy crockpot lasagna will fix that problem. You get the joy and the taste of a classic lasagna without doing all the work!

Eating On A Dime

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Favorite Chicken Potpie

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Chock-full of chicken, potatoes, peas and corn, this autumn favorite makes two golden pies, so you can serve one at supper and save the other for a busy night. These potpies are perfect for company or a potluck.

Taste of Home

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GREAT COLD WEATHER SOUP RECIPES:

Broccoli Cheese Soup

(Better-Than-Pantera Copycat)

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An easy to make soup… ready to eat in about an hour. It’s absolutely perfect comfort food and I couldn’t stop eating it…had it for lunch and dinner for a couple straight days until it was gone. I loved this soup beyond words.

Averie Cooks

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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A rich beefy broth loaded with caramelized onions and herbs and topped with an amazing Gruyere cheese topping.

Spend With Pennies

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Healthy Roast Red Pepper Soup