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Showing posts from June 19, 2011

Weekend Blog Hopping

Make new friends, gain new followers and find some new reading!  Join us as we hop through the weekend!

Got a Slow Computer?

We do!!  Boost your computer speed with Auslogics!! Here at Artsy Chaos we love technology.  I get excited if I see a great deal on a 2 terabyte external hard drive or some really cool software.  However, in this down-turned economy and raising a family with heavily involved teenagers, keeping up with the price of technology is simply not an option.  When we were offered the chance to try Auslogics BoostSpeed 5, we were thrilled with the prospect that it may help our older, yet so beloved, computer.  The first thing I did, as the person in our home who usually takes care of the technology (unless it's over my head and I have to call in the troops, i.e. my oldest son, the computer programmer!) is to run over to CNET and see what they had to say.  I always check out CNET when I am considering downloading and installing software over the internet.  BoostSpeed has a 5 out of 5 star rating with a whopping 1,818,854 downloads.  To me, this screams download this program immediately!

Winner Love!

We recently received this photo from Deanna who won the Camp Smartypants giveaway during the April Artsy Chaos Close to Home Camping and Nature Art Event.  Congrats again to Deanna for participating and we're thrilled that she loves her prizes from Camp Smartypants!! And since summer is in full swing, now is the time to revisit Rachel Beyer's tutorial on how to make a sit-upon cushion for all your outdoor and camping fun.  Rachel's blog is also full of fun ideas and crafting.  A great resource, check it out!!

Summer 2011 Campout #1

This one gets a thumbs down. It all started because we wanted to go camping. The rain, cold and yuck has just been terrible this year, seemingly never ending. Since it was forecasted to be sunny last weekend it seemed like a natural progression. Oh, how we were wrong. We prefer going camping in the mountains and enjoying the beautiful scenery. However, because of the rain, cold and general yuck that is lingering, we still have 20 foot snow drifts in our mountain camping spots. Not a good recipe for camping in a tent. With that in mind, we decided to venture out to the West Desert and The Pony Express Trail. Someplace warmer and also someplace new to us. The scenery is... well.... barren and the vibe is... weird out there. No wonder all the UFO hunters and conspiracy theorists congregate out there by Dugway. Much of the property is owned by the military and there are strange bunkers, patrolled dirt roads and signs every 10 feet that declare they'll shoot if necessary. 

Having a Summer Party?

Amy Adele Invitations This summer, we will be hosting the family 4th of July party in our backyard.  It's going to be a lot of fun and to get the party started, Amy Adele provided us with invitations to customize.  Amy Adele has literally tons of styles to chose from!  Since aerial fireworks are legal this year in Utah (waahooooo!!) we chose the fireworks party invitations .  Aren't they adorable! The customization process at Amy Adele is very easy and you can change your text, font colors, styles, etc.  You can really create invitations that are perfect for your event or party.  All invitations are printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper, yay!! We were thrilled with the professional and friendly service at Amy Adele as well as the super fast shipping.  When our invitations and envelopes arrived, they were all tied up with a ribbon and safely tucked inside a plastic bag and box.  Perfect and no bent corners, we couldn't be happier. If you're planning a Summ

Prospecting for Gold!

Nature-Watch Gold Diggins Activity Kit Did you ever fantasize about being a gold prospector, huntin' for gold in them thar hills ?  A few years ago we visited Alaska and were able to take a tour about the Alaska Gold Rush.  It was so exciting to pan for gold and see a recreation of a prospector tent town.  I was fascinated with the stories of the women in the Klondike and their part in the Gold Rush.  Still being part of Victorian society, these women, whether wife - business owner - saloon girl or even prospectors themselves, wore corset, long skirt, bonnet and bloomers to clean, cook on a fire and hike over mountain trails!  Can you imagine? Eldest son panning for gold in Alaska. How fun it is to imagine the romantic side of prospecting for gold.  The thrill of the chase, so to speak, the beautiful outdoors and the dream of striking it rich.   We'd like to introduce you to , a company committed to bringing incredible nature and science hands-on activitie