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Ok, so if you are a Topsy-Techie reader, and you have been meaning to join my other site:, now is a terrific time, because we are having a site giveaway this month!!

The fine print, however, is that you must be a site member to enter, so get your cute little hineys over there and sign up today, so you can win a great curriculum prize package from Flourish Enrichment.

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Description of the curriculum from the Flourish website: The Flourish Enrichment curriculum is designed to provide a robust interdisciplinary approach to teach art by teaching other subjects through the art projects. The projects cover everything from the history of Tibet and it’s struggles with communist China to African cultures and the importance of tribal masks. Each project is an in-depth look at the subject matter as well as detailed photo instructions to provide easy to follow art projects that any parent can work through with their home schooled child.

If you have been looking for a unique way to teach art to your homeschoolers, Flourish Enrichment may just be perfect for you!

And even if you don’t want to enter the contest, we’d love to have you at anyway!  There is constantly something going on in the forums, groups, blogs, and resource pages that is bound to appeal to you if you are a secular homeschooler (and I use that definition to mean anyone who isn’t homeschooling for religious reasons).

Hope to see you there…and best of luck on the giveaway!!

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Next Best Thing to Being An Extra on Grey’s…

Yes, I am slightly obsessed with television, and have referred to it once or twice here on my blog.  So what?  At least I’m not quite as over-the-moon over the tube as super-cool Middle Aged Fan Girl.  Now that is one media princess whose life manual happens to be a TV Guide.

Anyway, as if it weren’t fun enough to read her take on the ins and outs of shows like Grey’s, Brothers and Sisters, Smallville, and various TV flashbacks, she was kind enough to host an awesome Celebrity Spa Giveaway.

Can you guess who won??

Oh yeah, baby!  It was ME!!!!           

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So, in the next couple of weeks, if I go missing for a couple days, it is simply because I have received my luxurious basket of goodies in the mail, and am too busy sitting in my rose-scented petal bath, eating my dark chocolate, and catching up on Tori Spelling’s latest faux pas to give you the time of day. 

Not to worry…I’m sure I’ll be back in business as soon as the Spa Water candle burns down to the wick. 

A HUGE thanks to Jenn over at Middle Aged Fan Girl for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway!

And speaking of giveaways, don’t forget to rack up yet another entry for the HP Printer  by commenting on this post! 

My Big Fat November Giveaway

A show of hands now…who remembers  when I told you that November was going to be big in Topsy-Techieland?  Well, it is.

Why, you ask?

Because November happens to be my very favorite month of the year.  It is my birthday month.  It is when all the leaves are showing off.  It is the start of crisp, cool weather.  And it is the month of my very favorite holiday – – Thanksgiving. 

November rocks my socks!

So to honor my favorite month, and to get more interaction on my blog (I’m a kill-two-birds kinda gal), I’m having a bloggie contest.

You see, according to my blog stats, I get PLENTY of readers.  Readers from all over the globe, in fact.  What I don’t get plenty of is “COMMENTS.”  I’m pretty sure that most of my readers are either mute, or their computers don’t have keyboards.  So, to prove my theory, I’m offering one contest entry for every comment this month.

The prize will be a brand spanking new HP Deskjet D1430 Printer.  This printer is retailing for $99.99 on Amazon right now.  Now even if you have no current need for a printer, you know that there is someone on your Christmas list who really needs this printer. 

And all you gotta do to enter this giveaway is speak your mind.  Now how hard is that??  You know you have something to say, so just say it…don’t be shy!  And to make it even easier, I’m going to try my dead level best to post at least 30 blog posts this month, to give you lots of chances to enter.  The more you comment, the more chances you have to win! 

The only rules are as follows:

*Only one comment per person per post will be counted

*No family members are eligible to enter (sorry Uber, but you will just have to continue to share a printer with the rest of us)

If you haven’t already, now would be a great time to subscribe via RSS or via email, so you don’t miss out on even one opportunity to drop a comment and gain an entry.  I’ll be picking the winner randomly on December 1st, using

Time to come out of the corners, you lurkers, and get on the Topsy radar!  I look forward to hearing from you…well, at least those of you who do have a keyboard with your computer…

From My Linear Brain To Yours

Dustin, over at one of my fave new blogs: The Writer’s Technology Companion, posed a contest disguised as a question yesterday…

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? [for writing]

You see the prize for the contest is a free copy of iMindMap software (retailing imindmap at over $200).  And mind-mapping is an incredibly powerful tool for some people.  H-T, my right brained, visual kiddo is a master mind mapper.  I’m not sure if people with dyslexia find it easier to mind-map or not, but he just “gets it”.  He can come up with fifteen solutions to a problem by just mapping things out.

My brain looks at his brain and just shakes its head. 

You know those timelines that teacher’s love so much?  That’s how my brain works.  Left to right.  Beginning to end.  Even the most creative story writing I have ever done has been by starting at the beginning, and writing chronologically right to “THE END”.  I may have a general outline of where the story is going to go, but most of it gets figured out along the journey.

So where do my ideas come from then?  If you don’t brainstorm, or mind-map, or use graphic organizers of any sort, how do you know when you have a creative idea? 

Well, I’ll tell you.  When my actual thinking brain is on, I only think sequentially.  But when I am in “off” mode (loading the dishwasher, taking a shower, running errands) the most wonderful random thoughts just pop in my head.  Sometimes they stick, sometimes they go down the drain with the dishwater.  But when they stick, I jot them down somewhere, and thus begins a blog idea, a story idea, a solution to a problem at work. Recently, I was snapping green beans and got the greatest idea for a new homeschooling article! 

Now, granted, I can’t really take credit for something that randomly pops in my head.  People who mind-map and brainstorm actually work for a living.  I just catch whatever random radio-wave happens to come along on my frequency.  So it’s cheating.  Possibly even plagiarizing if the radio wave came from some guy down the street who was busy mind-mapping and carelessly left his window open. 

timeline1_thumbnail I can live with that.  We left-brained people gotta take our inspiration where we can get it.

If you would rather get your ideas the legal way, head over to TWTC and get in on this great contest…