Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tip Tuesday: Make your Own ringtone for your Iphone!!

Okay, so I finally wore DH down and convinced him to let me get an iphone!! SOO excited. I already had an ipod touch for a couple years and absolutely loved it, but I just wished it was my phone also. Well, in recent years, DH has become a stickler about purchasing ringtones. He thinks it's a "rip" to pay the money for them and then you have to repurchase the tones if you get a new phone. SO, I thought I'd attempt to see if I could create my own. I mean, it IS an ipod after all, so you'd think you could create a ringtone with your own music somehow. WELL, YES YOU CAN! Sorry if I'm shouting...I'm a bit excited..ha...

So, what I did was go to THIS SITE and followed the directions. However, I ran into a couple glitches and had to read ALL the comments until I figured it out. Hope this helps!

1. First, open Itunes.

2. Locate the song you wish to create a ringtone with and play it. Write down the start and stop times of the section you wish to use. Be careful to stay under 30 seconds. (I did Bruno Mars Lazy Song at start 0:49.5 Stop 1:11.8)

3. Right click on the song and click Get Info

4. Go to the Options tab and click on the Start box and enter the start time you noted. Do the same with the Stop box. Click OK

5. Right click on the song again and Click Create AAC version

6. After it's created right click on the short version and click Show in Windows Explorer

7. Now you need to Rename the file to a shortened name and change the .m4a extension to say .m4r. Here's where I had a hangup. I couldn't change the extension. If you can’t change the ext. Go to Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Click Folder Options,Click the View tab, , uncheck “Hide extension…”. Click OK.

8. Drag file to desktop.

9. Delete the file from the playlist. (If it asks, keep file, do not move to trash.)

10.  Double-click the file which will now open in iTunes. Check your Tones folder, the file should be there.

11. Now plug your iphone into your computer. When your phone is recognized. Click on it in the left sidebar so that you can see all of it's info. At the top, you should see a few different tabs. Click on the Tones tab. Make sure Sync Tones is checked and then All tones should be marked.

12. Sync your phone and it should show up in your ringtones.

It says you can't create tones with songs downloaded from itune but can only use those ripped from a cd. Not true. I was able to following these directions :)
This ROCKS! Hope it helps you!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Here's to 'Birthdays'!

Okay, so I've been pretty lucky blessed. I haven't personally lost anyone to cancer. Thank You, Lord! I have thankfully, however had a couple aunts on both my side and husband's side who have BEAT the disease. Praise the Lord! So why should I care about this then? Well, I'll tell ya. It's because of the faces in this picture. These 4 are my life, they are everything to me (besides my Heavenly Father).
This life is so precious and every little moment we have counts.  I want many more birthdays for myself and for these special people in my life. If you're a mom or dad, then you know the feeling you get when you look at your kids. It's a complete awe that sweeps over me trying to comprehend that they were given to me and are a part of me. There's a saying I heard before, that having children is knowing what it's like to have your heart walking around outside of your body. This is so true. My heart aches for these girls...to watch them grow, to be there for their first everythings...first day of school, first boyfriend, first time driving a car, first break-up, first date, first kiss...(well, I won't literally be with them for some of these;) though if I could, I'd somehow tag along...lol ) I want to be a part of every important moment of their lives or at least be there when they get home. Do you know that commercial where the dad is giving his daughter the keys to his car and he sees her as a little girl when she's really an adult? Those commercials get to me every time. I look at my girls and can see life passing me in a blink. I often try and savor these moments and take a mental snap-shot before it's gone. I pray that my family and I have many many more birthdays and never have to be a part of the American Cancer Society in that way. BUT I am thankful there is such an organization in existence should it ever be needed. Happy Birthday to all those out there who have made it another year because of the American Cancer Society!

"This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society."

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Veggie Pizza

Okay, so this recipe is another of my favorites. It's so simple and delicious and you feel like you're eating healthy with all the raw veggies. Perfect appetizer for parties!


1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 package ranch dressing mix
1/2 green pepper, chopped small
1-2 carrots, peeled and chopped small
1 cup mushrooms chopped small
1 head of broccoli, chopped small
2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or according to crescent roll package) Lay out the two packages of crescent rolls into a rectangle on a baking sheet or stone. Using a rolling pin, press the seams together to make a large rectangular pizza.

Bake according to package directions until golden. Let cool.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together softened cream cheese (you can microwave the cream cheese if it is not soft enough. It needs to be spreadable) and ranch dressing mix.

Prep veggies and chop finely. I usually use a Pampered Chef chopper for this. But a large knife will do just fine.

Spread the cream cheese mixture to cover entire crust. Next pour chopped veggies to cover crust. Press the veggies down into the cream cheese mixture to make it act like a glue.
Cut into 1-2 inch squares. Chill until ready to serve.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tip Tuesday: Surefire Cure for Hiccups!

Okay, so the other day I was trying to think of something that would be a good tip to share. Something that has been useful for me to know that others would possibly appreciate and I remembered how to cure hiccups! Okay okay, I can't take ALL the credit....actually, one of my best friends shared this tip with me a couple years ago and honestly, it has NEVER failed.
SOOO...do you wanna know? It's so simple and may sound a little ridiculous but trust me. It works!

Here's what you do:
Take a glass and fill it with water.
Now, drink from the opposite side of the glass.

That's it. Really.

I know what you're thinking..."Yeah right, like that's gonna work." I'm right there with ya. When my friend  told me, I thought it was a joke too...because he is always finding some way to tease me like I'm his little sister. SO I was waiting for the "catch". But really, there is none :) I promise, every single time I have used this it has worked! I even shared the tip with a friend of mine and she said it worked for her too. Sooo...if you try it and it works PLEASE let me know. If it doesn't then share that too. Love to hear from ya!
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