Halloween Door Decorating Contest!

Winner(s) will be announced on Facebook!

Fall Craft Projects Your Kids Will Love Making

Whether the kids are too young for school or they’re home for a holiday break, the fall season provides ample time for fun family crafts. Here are three DIY projects that will bring out the artistic side in your little ones.

Pumpkin Spice Playdough [smallfriendly.com]
Even if you’ve made your own playdough before, you’ve probably never seen one quite like this. Adding pumpkin pie spices to the usual recipe gives this moldable dough a fall-inspired scent, while a bit of food coloring adds autumn colors like red, orange, and yellow.

Apple Stamping [sweetlittlepeanut.com]
You may remember making stamps out of apples a child yourself, but this is one craft that truly stands the test of time. Simply cut small apples in half and let the kids use the flat sides as stamps with fall-colored paints. Best of all, this craft is fun for everyone from babies to toddlers and even your pre-teens!

Scribble Lantern Tutorial [valariebudayr.typepad.com]
There is some truly beautiful natural light come fall, so make the most of it with these paper lanterns that you can place on a sunny windowsill. The kids can scribble all over them with regular crayons to create a colorful look that’s even better when it catches the light.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Learn More about Breast Cancer – Early Detection, Diagnosis, Stages, Types, Treatments and Myths

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NBCF Programs – Early Detection Plan, Beyond the Shock, National Mammography Program, Patient Navigator Program, Breast Health Education, Breast Cancer Research

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Save the Date- Halloween Party

October 28th, 2014

The Wine Bin: Chardonnay, Shiraz and Everything in Between

Whether you prefer red or white, The Wine Bin is a place for all types of wine enthusiasts. This well-stocked wine store is located in historic Ellicott City, occupying a charming brick building along a stone sidewalk.

Inside, the shop contains shelves stacked high with affordable bottles of wine, a rustic decor and hip light fixtures, and even a temperature-controlled wine cellar to store higher end bottles of wine. The knowledgeable staff is always on hand to answer questions from the amateur wine drinker, and they’re more than happy to help you choose a bottle that’s in your price range. The Wine Bin also offers discounts on bulk wine purchases.

The Wine Bin hosts weekend tastings every Friday from 3 p.m. until close and Saturday from noon until close. You don’t even have to swirl, sniff, and sip your wine before drinking it, but you certainly can if you want to!

The Wine Bin
8390 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 465-7802
www.winebinec.com
www.yelp.com/biz/the-wine-bin-ellicott-city

Great Lawn – Movie Nights

Contee Crossing would love to hear your feedback about our recent movie night. We showed FROZEN on the Great Lawn Friday evening.

Did you enjoy the movie choice?

Was Friday evening a convenient time?

If you could change one thing about our movie nights, what would that be?

How to Manage Your Time More Effectively

Whether you’re a student or a business professional, procrastination is faced by anyone with a looming big project or a hectic schedule. It’s important to manage your time wisely when you’re working on a deadline, and these smart tips will help you to reduce stress and accomplish much more each day.

  1. Make a list. This tried-and-true method may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how much a to-do list can help with managing your time more effectively. To-do lists help forgetful people to stay on top of all of their daily tasks, and they force frequent procrastinators to hold themselves accountable for the items on the list.
  2. Prioritize. You may be tempted to complete smaller tasks first, but it’s actually much more effective to prioritize based on which jobs are more important or timelier. Complete pressing tasks first, and then move on to the rest of your work.
  3. Create a distraction-free zone. Whether you work in an office or in your home, be sure to clear your workspace of all clutter before beginning your daily tasks.
  4. Don’t overexert yourself. The most organized people are the ones who realize when they’re spreading themselves too thin. Turn down jobs or favors that you don’t feel like you have enough time to complete, as this may result in shoddy work (not to mention a whole lot of added stress).

How to Manage Your Time Effectively [University of Kent]
Manage Your Time More Effectively to Accomplish More Each Day [Right]
How Does One Manage Time More Effectively? [Forbes]
Managing Your Time and Study Environment [Bucks County Community College]

Doggie in Disguise – Annapolis, MD

Looking for some spooky fun with your four legged friend? Start your Halloween off right by dressing up your dog for fun and an interactive scavenger hunt.

Ticket prices are starting around $35.00. Click here for more information!

Three Uncommon Uses for Dryer Sheets

From brand-new dryer sheets to used ones straight from the dryer, there are a number of different ways to use dryer sheets around the house. These static-absorbing, fresh smelling sheets are some of the most useful household products you can find, and they’ll even help you in places other than the laundry room. Here are some of the best lesser-known uses for dryer sheets.

  1. Quickly eliminate static. Dryer sheets are made to remove static from your laundry in the dryer, so why not use them on the clothes you’re wearing, too? Simply run a dryer sheet up and down that static-prone blouse or shirt, and you’ll be good to go.
  2. Dust hard surfaces. Used dryer sheets make cheap, effective tools for dusting furniture. Just use the sheet like you would a rag or paper towel. Because they're meant to attract static and lint, dryer sheets will attract dust as well.
  3. Repel insects. It seems unlikely, but bugs really do not enjoy the fresh scent of dryer sheets. Tuck one in a lunchbox or picnic basket to keep insects at bay, or even rub a new sheet across your skin before you go out on an afternoon hike.

12 Surprising Uses for Dryer Sheets [All You]
25 Alternative Uses for Fabric-Softener Dryer Sheets [Curbly]
20 Household Uses for Used (Yes, Used) Dryer Sheets [Apartment Therapy]
10 New Uses for Dryer Sheets [Real Simple]

Bean Hollow: Coffee and More in Ellicot City

Ellicott City's Bean Hollow has won a hoard of loyal fans who love their freshly brewed coffee drinks, cheerfully relaxed setting and light food offerings. Visit in the morning to grab a yummy cappuccino, espresso or café latte.

If you're hungry, Bean Hollow's breakfast offerings include toasted bagels & cream cheese, breakfast bagels with eggs, cheese & breakfast meat, granola, muffins, and pastries. Sandwiches are also on the menu, with choices like the Powerhouse with hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, sprouts, red onion, & cheese, the Turkey & Cheese with smoked turkey with lettuce, tomato & your choice of cheese, and the Veggie Burger cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, mustard & mayonnaise. Coffees for sale in bulk by the pound include Hollow Blend, Espresso Blend, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Gayo.

Bean Hollow
8059 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 465-0233
http://www.beanhollowcoffee.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/bean-hollow-ellicott-city