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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Graphic Design Like A Pro

I want to share with you a cool website I learned about by listening to the Social Media Examiner Podcast.  It’s and it will let you design cool graphics.

Sign-up and creating an account is quick and easy and you’ll be designing posters, Facebook banners, and presentations in minutes.

The site is free to use and has lots of great templates to get you started.  You can upload your own photos or use the stock photos on the site.  Some of those will cost a dollar.

It took less than five minutes for me to snap a picture of our front yard and make this poster:

This is the day the Lord has made

I also used it to make the “Thank you” picture on this post and the banner for my Facebook page.

Have fun checking out and then be sure to share your designs on my Facebook page.  I’d love to see them!

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Thank You

Today marks exactly 2 months since I started this blog.  I wanted to take a moment to thank you!  Thank you for reading.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  Thank you for your support.  Every bit has helped grow my audience.

Six months ago doing this was simply a dream.  One that I wasn’t sure I could pull off.  That dream turned into a goal and like any good goal it has challenged me… but that challenge has been good.

I’ve learned so much.  Wordpress, Google Analytics, and website design are all things I learn more about everyday.

Social Marketing and using it to promote this site has become an interest.  There are many other channels out there besides Facebook and Twitter.  Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest,  StumbleUpon, Tumblr… I’m having fun experimenting with them all.

If there are topics you’d like to see me cover that fall under the categories of faith, family, or technology let me know.  I’m always looking for new things to write about.

As I continue on my blogging journey I’d like to challenge you.  If there’s a dream you have but haven’t acted on… just do it.  Stop listening to that negative voice in your head and just start.  I’m glad I did!

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What Every Pantry Needs

I love to cook.  I enjoy trying new foods and new techniques in the kitchen.  Cookbooks and recipes for me aren’t set in stone.  They are merely idea starters.  Telling me “we have no food in the house” or “there’s nothing to eat” aren’t statements… to me they’re challenges.

That’s why I was intrigued when a friend of mine and his wife started a 6 week pantry challenge on their food blog: Eating Right…. Most of the Time.  Their goal was to make it 6 weeks only using items from their pantry (plus up to $30 a week spent on perishables).  It’s been fun to see some of the creative meals they’ve come up with.

Their project has got me thinking about my families pantry.  What I like to keep in it and everything I can cook from it.  That led me to the following list.

What Every Pantry Needs:

Canned Tuna

Spaghetti Sauce

Alfredo Sauce

Boxed Pasta


Black Beans

Sloppy Joe Sauce

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Chicken Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Tomato Soup

Mushroom Pieces and Stems

Biscuit Mix

Italian Dressing

Ramen Noodles

Onion Soup Mix

Taco Seasoning

Freezer Pantry items:




Cheese (shredded & sliced)

Frozen Veggies

Stock up on these items when they’re on sale and you’ll not only save a ton of money but you’ll also be on your way to creating some healthy and nutritious meals.

So, what did I miss?  What are some must-have’s for your pantry?


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