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Beware! City of Fort Worth Warns of Scam Callers Demanding Money For Fake Warrants

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The Fort Worth Municipal Court warns of a scam involving phone calls to residents asking for money for unsettled warrants.

The calls are not from Municipal Court officers, who do not call residents to collect payments. Anyone receiving such a bogus call should contact the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-335-4222.

Here’s how the scam works: Phone calls are made to residents from supposed “marshals” who say that arrests will be made if money isn’t immediately sent via Western Union. The requested amounts range from $500-$2,000 per call.

Keep in mind that the Municipal Court does not call people at their residence to collect payment. Instead, letters are mailed to home addresses when a warrant demands attention.

Between 25 and 40 bogus phone calls have been reported in Fort Worth recently, many of them to elderly residents.

To check your warrant status, call the Warrants Office at 817-392-8665 or check online.

In the meantime, never send money to anyone without knowing for certain who you’re speaking to and what the payment is for.

P.S.  Consumers or small business owners victimized by a scam can also contact the Fort Worth Better Business Bureau or file a complaint at www.fwbbb.org. Always research with the BBB before you sign any contracts or hand over any money. 

 

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How to Make Snow Ice Cream — a.k.a. Winter Bliss in a Bowl

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I hope you are enjoying our beautiful snow today!

We are not posting our weekly Fort Worth Free & Cheap Weekend Events (for Feb. 27 & 28) since most events are cancelled or postponed due to this lovely winter weather.  Instead, we decided to “dust off” and share this archived post/recipe from a few years ago —  How to Make Snow Ice Cream.

Have fun and stay warm! : )

Something New to Try
On this fluffy-white, beautiful snow day, I thought it would be fun to make snow   ice cream for the first time.  I remember my parents sharing memories about making the treat when they were kiddos (they grew up where snow was a more frequent occurrence than here in Fort Worth), and I always thought it sounded like the ultimate “fun food!”

I do believe this is just the thing to try on this wonderful winter day, and have already set my largest bowl outside to catch a container-full of winter bliss.

Following is the recipe I used, which comes with great reviews from allrecipes.com:

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (or half and half for a richer taste)

Directions

  1. When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes.
  2. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.
  3. Serve at once.

Options:  Personally, we like this recipe best, as is, but you can also try mixing other favorite ingredients such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut, or chocolate chips. Get creative and the kids (big and small) will have a blast making it.

Did you try this recipe? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section.

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5 FREE Printables To Organize Your Life in 2015

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If getting better organized is on your list of goals for this year, be sure and check out these 5 free printable resources to help you get started:

1.  Design Finch offers 20 free printables including daily and weekly planners, cleaning checklists, menu organizers and more.

2. The Harmonized House Project is FREE for download and has just about every home management worksheet you’ll need to start a home management binder.

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3. Ann Voscamp has a lovely daily planner printable to help you get through the daily “To Dos” and make your priorities an actual priority.

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4. Ann Voscamp also has put together this inspirational 100 days calendar ~ a great tool for establishing a new habit or routine, completing a project in a few minutes a day, memorizing a special verse, or just getting that “back-burner” project finally done and checked off the list once and for all (yes please!).

5. Pop over here to sign up to get a free weekly planner designed to help you keep your family on track from everything to planning nightly meals and completing weekly chores to eating your fruits and veggies (thanks to WifeMotherTeacher.com blog for this!).

Printing tip:  Most of these can printed on standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper.

Have a favorite organization tip or tool you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear about it ~ please share in the comments section below. 

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FREE 4th of July Sparkler Holder Printable — Great for Glow Sitcks Too!

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Free 4th of July Printable

Click here to download a FREE Fourth of July Sparkler holder printable designed by creative blogger, Over The Big Moon.  You’ll find a fun patriotic design that will hold at least 5 sparklers or glow sticks along with an easy-to-follow tutorial complete with pictures.

To make your sparkler holders, you will need letter-sized cardstock, scissors (or a straight edge trimmer), and glue. 

:: Get your FREE 4th of July Sparkler holder printables here.

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P.S.  If you plan on making several of these holders, we recommend using a trimmer like this one from Fiskars (as your hands may get a bit tired from all the scissor cutting).  We’ve had a Fiskars trimmer for several years, use it almost weekly, and at $16.50, it’s a good bargainLearn more here.

Fiskars Trimmer

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Perfect for Pops — 6 Handmade Craft Ideas for Fathers’ Day Gift Giving

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Gooseberry Patch has put together a creative & frugal collection of six FREE Father’s Day handmade craft ideas ~ perfect summer crafts for the kids.  What a great way to honor Dad with something from the heart!

:: Get your FREE Father’s Day Craft Inspiration, here.

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Texas Tax FREE Holiday for Energy Star Appliances — Memorial Day Weekend 2014

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Please pass along to anyone in the new home appliance (or dorm-sized refrigerator) market…

  

Good News! This Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26), Texas shoppers get a break from sales tax for purchases of most energy-star appliances and energy-efficient products like refrigerators and clothes washers ~ even energy-star rated college-dorm-sized refrigerators and light bulbs qualify!  This is a great way to get an extra “discount” and save on future energy costs if you are in the market for any of these items.

The energy-star products qualifying in 2014 include:

  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Energy Star Labeled Programmable thermostats
  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less

The 2014 sales tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 24, and ends on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend).

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Qualifying products will need to display the ENERGY STAR logo. The discount can also apply to delivery and installation fees and  there is no limit to the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday.

To find out more, go to the Texas comptroller’s site, here.

P.S.  Be sure to check out this extra savings tip:  Pop over to Amazon’s Energy Star Appliance Rebate finder page (go here & look for the Energy Star Logo link in the left column)They have an easy to search database of Energy Star rebates on qualified products. 

   

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FREE Pancakes at Corner Bakery Cafe

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One of our favorite eateries, Corner Bakery Cafe, is offering a FREE side of made-to-order Buttermilk Pancakes with any purchase (Expires April 10, 2014). This sounds just about perfect for tomorrow morning’s breakfast!

:: For the coupon and a list of participating locations, go here.

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