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Crowdingfunding with a personal cause

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Have you heard of Crowdfunding? I recently learned about it in the January issue of All You magazine. It is a newer concept where several people share the financial burden of a family member, friend or even a complete stranger by networking and pooling their money together, via the internet. These efforts can also help organizations raise money for their causes. Campaigns include raising money for adoption and fertility treatments, disaster relief, startup companies, memorial funds, supporting budding artists, defraying the cost of medical expenses, and educational funds set up for children who have lost a parent at a young age.

There are several websites set up to create a campaign depending on your needs.

GiveFoward helps others with health-related and medical expenses.

YouCaring is a totally free site dedicated to personal causes.

AdoptTogether helps families raise money for adoption fees.

MoolaHoop helps women raise money to start their own businesses.

GoFundMe and Indiegogo are open to various projects.

FundAnything is also open to pretty much anything and is even supported by Donald Trump, who has personally donated to causes that have touched him.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone to get the help they need that otherwise would be impossible.

I would like to invite you to read the story about my mother in law, Deb, who currently lives in Florida but would like to relocate to Ohio where she is originally from. She is struggling to come up with the money that is required to make such a long distance move. Her children have a campgain set up for her on YouCaring to raise money to help offset the financial burden she is faced with. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Thank You!


Happy Thanksgiving

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May you all be surrounded with love and joy as you celebrate with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Couponing Bio Twins Gets a New Look

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We’ve outgrown our old look but don’t worry, we will still be providing tips on using coupons, where you can find hot freebies, sharing DIY projects and a whole lot more.

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A Trip to the Apple Orchard–Supporting Local Farmers

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Cooler nights and falling leaves is a reminder to me that fall is in the air, here in Ohio. My mom, sister, son and I love to go to the apple orchard in mid-September to pick our own apples. It is a great way to save money because at $0.70 a pound, you can not beat it. We are not only supporting local farmers but spending quality time together as well.

Here is a link to a comprehensive list of pick-your-own farms categorized by state.

I’d also like to share my favorite apple crisp recipe. So yummy over vanilla ice cream!


NOTE: My sister reduced the sugar content by adding less than 1/2 cup of white sugar and eliminating the brown sugar altogether. It still tastes great and allows the sweetness of the apples to take center stage. 🙂

10 cups of apples, peeled, cored and sliced (I use approximately 8 apples of various sizes.)

1 cup of white sugar

1 Tb all-purpose flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup water

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan.


Mix the white sugar, 1 Tb flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples, Pour water over all.


Combine oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and melted butter together. Crumble over the apple mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Adapted from All Recipes.




Patriot Day

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God bless America and the nearly 3000 people we lost on September 11, 2001. 

Tall Ships Erie 2013

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The city of Erie, Pennsylvania is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the victory of Commodore Perry’s battle of Lake Erie with the convergence of nine ships docking at Dobbings Landing. Thursday evening commences the event with a parade of the ships sailing into the harbor, accompanied by fireworks and cannon blasts. The rest of the weekend is reserved for public tours and mini sailing trips.

My hubby and I are celebrating our 6th year anniversary this weekend so we went up to Erie for a few days to join in the festivities. Here are some highlights from our trip.


From left to right: The Unicorn, The Peacemaker, The Niagara, The Sorlandet


From left to right: Steamboat Victorian, ?, ?, U.S. Coast Guard with Erie Observation Tower in background


Aboard the Sorlandet


Aboard the Niagara


View from Erie Observation Tower overlooking Dobbings Landing


View of Presque Isle from Erie Observation Tower


A lonely American flag. Too bad we couldn’t see their sails. 


If you are at Dobbings Landing on Lake Erie and you want to get a bite to eat, check out the Smugglers Wharf. Great seafood with wonderful atmosphere by the water. 


If you are in Erie, Pa and you want to check out something other than water, check out Asbury Woods Nature Center.


150 year old red oak we found in the woods at the nature center. 

Happy 30th Birthday Jen!

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Someone is turning 30 today!! Everyone wish Jen a very Happy Birthday.

May she score some sweet freebies today as well. 🙂