Now that we have some snow on the ground, I can finally think CHRISTMAS!! This is a great time of year to get hands-on with the kids and make holiday memories making keepsakes to cherish for years. I know my mom still has a TON of art projects I did as a kid and loves to put them back on display around the holidays.
Social Media Expert, John Marino has picked out a couple apps for Christmas Crafting! Consider creating something to give as a gift, from the kids to grandma and grandpa OR from you to a significant other. The projects you find in these apps are for ALL ages! You could pick out a few projects to keep the little ones busy when your family gets together to celebrate Christmas or use one of these ideas as an excuse to get your ugly sweater on and invite friends over...
One of the reasons John chose these apps is because they both offer user feedback on the projects... which is super helpful in figuring out if it's at your skill level. :)
The #HotApps of the Week are Craft Gawker on iTunes and Christmas Craft ideas on Google Play. I am looking to do some craft projects for the holidays since my young son enjoys making gifts. I looked around and found that the apps with simple, easy, DIY craft projects that someone with not a lot of skill can do. Each app allows you to rate the craft project and even upload your own ideas as well. I hope you enjoy these apps and if you have any questions please let me know on Twitter @john_marino. Please share your favorite craft ideas and have fun making your own presents!
CLICK HERE to download "Craft Gawker" on iTunes.
CLICK HERE to download "Christmas Craft Ideas" for Android.
Social Media Expert, John Marino, of RSP Marketing created the hot shopping app, Mashalot... check it out when shopping this holiday season to see what deals and places others in the Quad Cities are talking about. The app lets you create a wishlist to help others know what to get you and you are able to share your best finds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. This is the social network for shoppers! CLICK HERE to download Mashalot and download for free on iTunes.
These poor Californians, having to deal with temperatures in the 40s!! WHAT WILL THEY DO?!?! :)
Hope this gives you a laugh...
Did you watch the Sound of Music LIVE on NBC last night? I did. Only because it starred my FAVORITE superstar ever, Carrie Underwood!
Now, I LOVE Carrie. To me, she can do no wrong. So my opinion of the event is a little scewed. While I do not think her acting was as stellar as some of the other professionals, you have to keep in mind that she's not an actress.
Her singing was on POINT. She even slipped towards the beginning of the show (during the performance of "Sound of Music") and recovered like a BOSS.
The real life Von Trapps have been very vocal about their opinion of the remake... they have even gone as far as saying who they think would have done a better job with the role... who do you think they chose?
I'll spoil it for ya -- Anne Hathaway! Myles von Trapp Derbyshire is the great grandson of Maria von Trapp, and says: "[Our family has] had the conversations of who could play this role better and it was Anne Hathaway, for example. Here's someone who just won an Oscar for a similar situation [in Les Miserables]. She was able to act and sing." CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY
Everyone does this, right? You stash cash in your winter coat pocket and then feel like you won the lottery next year when you find it...
Today I found TWO WHOLE dollars in my pocket from last year! Although it's not much (and I'm kinda stumped as to why I thought TWO dollars would be fun to find...) but it's two extra dollars that I didn't think I had yesterday. :)
What's the most you've ever "found" in your pocket savings account? Email me at Jillene@WLLR.com!
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FROM GMA.Yahoo.com: An Indiana police officer who stopped traffic in order to rescue a lost teddy bear from the fate of oncoming traffic says that, as a father, he knew the bear was special to someone.
"I know how important those are to kids," Jason Cullum, a sergeant with the Evansville Police Department, told GoodMorningAmerica.com. "We carry teddy bears in our car because we know when we talk to kids having a bad time, if you give them a teddy bear it helps them relax and makes them feel better."
"I have a 10-year-old son who has a teddy bear that he's had for years. The only issue I have is that he dresses him up as a fireman," Cullum joked.
There was no joking last Saturday when Cullum, a 15-year police veteran, was driving to work and saw cars starting to slow down ahead of him on the highway ahead. As Cullum, 40, got closer, he realized the cars were slowing down and swerving to avoid running over a stuffed teddy bear in the middle of the road.
"I stopped traffic behind me and got out and got it and put it in my passenger seat," he said.
As Cullum continued driving, he noticed two men walking on the side of the road and pulled over to ask if they were searching for a lost teddy bear.
"I surprised the guy because he asked me to repeat myself and then said, 'Yes, it's mine,'" Cullum said.
The two men walking were the relieved father and grandfather of the bear's owner, eight-year-old Nikki Mayo, who were moving the family and had packed the bear, along with other items, on a trailer.
Cullum returned the bear to the two men, but the story didn't end there. After the Evansville Police Department posted the dashcam video of Cullum's good deed on its Facebook page and it was reported by local media, Cullum got a call from the Mayo family saying that Nikki wanted to thank him herself for rescuing her beloved bear.
The two met face-to-face last night for Nikki to give what Cullum described as a heartfelt and much appreciated thank you.
"She told me the bear's name is Chocolate," Cullum said. "It was her first teddy bear and she's had it since she was four years old, so it was very special to her. I got to see in her face that the bear was special to her."
"That was pretty special for me," he said. "When you do police work, you do a lot of negative work and don't expect a lot of thank you's, so when you do get a thank you and to see her how holding the bear, that made it more special. "
CLICK HERE to see the dash-cam video of the entire "teddy-bear rescue!"
This week's #HotApp of the week will help you stay organized with all your holiday shopping purchases this season... From Social Media Expert, John Marino...
About The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign: The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign enables the Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide.
The Red Kettle campaign, first started in San Francisco in 1891, has traditionally been the Salvation Army's most prominent fund-raiser. In 2004, the campaign raised over $100 million in communities nationwide, with the nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars all remaining in the towns where the money was deposited into the kettles. The funds raised help support many of the 37 million people in poverty who turn to the Salvation Army for food and toys at Christmas, utility and homeless assistance, senior and child care, drug abuse treatment and many other social service needs.
Volunteers help us fulfill The Salvation Army's promise to America of "Doing the Most Good." To help them reach the goal of helping others in need, there are volunteer opportunities available. CLICK HERE to search for opportunities to help in your community.
If you missed it... Carrie Underwood was on Jimmy Fallon last night...
:) Okay, there IS more where that came from. CLICK HERE to see more from her appearance!
This week's #HotApp of the Week is Fatwallet for Android and iPhones. Black Friday is a couple days away and this app helps you stay on top of your shopping by providing all the doorbusters and Black Friday deals that are closest to you. I really like this app because I have a few things on my list I need to get this Friday. What's also great about Fatwallet is their cash back program with thousands of retailers. You can receive 1.5% - 4% cash back if you buy through the app or online.
CLICK HERE to download from iTunes
CLICK HERE to download for Android
I strongly recommend this great app for Black Friday. If you have questions please contact me @john_marino on Twitter or message me directly on Mashalot.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone and keep me posted on your shopping this season!