Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story - #amritasendesigns Review

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Most of you know how much I love my adult coloring books.  I have quite the collection.  I find that coloring relaxes me.  A different kind of coloring book, Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story, contains a story with pictures to color.

Written by artist Amitra Sen, this book has 96 designs of India-themed patterns.  There's also story told of two people, with love as the focal point.  The pages of the book are glossy with very bold black and white illustrations.  I've found that markers work best when coloring within the book.  

Accompanied with the book is a CD of musical compositions by Amitra Sen.  Modern pop and Bollywood are mixed together and you can sense how the book and music are tied together.  There is a lot of detail to color and the romantic tale is interesting.  I prefer most of my other coloring books over this one mostly because it's hard to color in this one due to the glossy pages, but it's still one that I will work on from time to time.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Manor House Vintage Solid Oak Chest - Review

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

I'm not a furniture snob by any means, but I tend to purchase pieces that will hold up over time. I've bought cabinets, nightstands and other pieces that haven't lasted very long because they are made of mostly particle board and cheap fixtures.

UK-based Oak Furniture Land has sturdy, aesthetically pleasing furniture. Their furniture is 100% solid hardwood at decent prices. They offer free shipping and the furniture is already fully assembled. And there’s no limits on style, with 25 designs ranging from Rustic, French Farmhouse, Mid-century Modern, and more - all of which can furnish the entire home.

I received a pair of High Back Grass Chairs with Solid Mango Legs on which I've already posted a review.  They're still used in my kitchen and I love their unique look.  I also received the Manor House Vintage Solid Oak Chest, and it's a beautiful statement piece for my master bedroom.

front and top view of oak chest

Before the oak chest arrived, I made arrangements with the company on the best delivery date and time. On the day of, a large semi stopped by with a box. They even carried the box inside for me and offered to set the chest where I wanted it.  I declined but appreciated the gesture. After opening the box, I noticed that the oak chest was fully assembled and all I had to do was place it in my bedroom.

There was a small snafu in the beginning.  Upon inspection, I noticed one of the hinges on the inside of the oak chest was broken.  I emailed my contact person and arrangements were made to have it fixed.  A service person came to my home within a fair amount of time and fixed it for me.
Inside View (This was when one of the hinges was broken but it is now fixed and working fine.)

I owned a cedar chest and had it for several years.  It was still in great shape on the inside, but the outside showed wear and tear.  I substituted it with my new Manor House Vintage Solid Oak Chest.  The chest features classic tongue-and-groove panels, and is made from 100% solid hardwood.  The inside is very spacious and now contains sentiments, mementos, awards, letters, and apparel from the last forty years of my life.  The top of the cedar chest stays open on its own by the hinges when it's fully raised.  
I've got a real nice chest!  (ba-da-boom)

But, seriously, the craftsmanship and quality of the Manor House Vintage Solid Oak Chest is exceptional.

It's National Hug Day


Just in time for National Hug Day today, and the Digital HD release of Trolls on January 24th, a special DreamWorks Trolls Hug Time sticker pack (6) will be made available for free for a limited time starting today. Created by Bare Tree Media, Emoji Trolls is available to download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play, and includes free Trolls stickers, as well as an assortment of 2D and 3D animated stickers for sale. Users can express their happiness by sharing photo stamps and stickers based on their favorite Trolls characters. The Emoji Trolls app is now available across leading mobile messaging platforms. After January 31st, the Hug Time stickers will be available for $1.99.
As you can tell, hugs aren't really my thing.

I'm not a hugger by nature and most people know it.  I have no qualms about hugging my close family.  I was raised by a mother who hugged me and kissed me on the cheek every night.  And I've always done the same to my kids.  But hugging other people, including friends, isn't much my style.  I've got personal space I want to preserve.  Maybe today, on National Hug Day, I'll break out of my shell and throw around some hugs.

What about you - Are you a hugger?

Friday, January 20, 2017

It's National Cheese Lover's Day



I'm cheesin'!  Today is National Cheese Lover's Day.  And being that I'm a cheese lover, it's a day to celebrate!  There's so many varieties to choose from and so many ways to eat it.

Here's one of my favorite cheesy recipes using mozzarella cheese and sharp cheddar cheese that I'd like to share with you:
Pizza Bake Casserole

Ingredients:

1 bag of Egg Noodles (cook as indicated on package)
1 jar of Ragu sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and sharp cheddar cheese (more or less depending on "cheesiness" preference)
1 1/2 lbs. browned hamburger meat
1 package pepperonis

Directions:

Preheat overn to 350.

In a casserole dish, layer ingredients in this order:
thin layer of Ragu sauce
half the egg noodles
half of the meat
half of the sauce
rest of the noodles
half the cheese
rest of the meat
rest of the sauce
rest of the cheese
cover top with pepperonis

Cook in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Serve while hot.
What is your favorite kind of cheese?  Do you have a favorite recipe that contains ooey-gooey-cheesy-goodness?

First Winners For the Year

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been drawn.

The winner of the Trolls Hair Accessories giveaway is #10, Sylvia.

The winner of the Salonpas Pain Relief Products giveaway is #36, Julie Waldron.

The winner of the SONIC Drive-In Gift Card giveaway is #40, Mary Cloud.

The winner of the Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription giveaway is #19, April.

The winner of the Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury giveaway is #9, Renee Walters.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out and enter my current active giveaways, listed at the top left hand side of the blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It's National Popcorn Day


I can eat popcorn any time of the year, but it certainly deserves to have its own day.
Caramel, kettle, sweet, or salty - Make up your favorite kind of popcorn today and enjoy the puffed kernels of deliciousness.  Although I like popcorn in most any form, my preference is air-popped.  I think it tastes fresher that way.

Here is an easy recipe for Mixed Up Munchies, with popcorn as an ingredient:

Mixed Up Munchies

Ingredients:

1 (3.5 ounce) bag microwave popcorn
1 (15 ounce) bag prepared cheese-flavored snack mix
1 cup Hormel pepperoni minis

Directions:

1.  Prepare popcorn according to package directions.
2.  In large bowl, toss together popcorn, snack mix and pepperoni minis
What kind of popcorn do you like best?  Do you eat it plan or add toppings/flavorings?

Bears for Humanity Baby Sherpa Bear - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Valentine's Day is less than a month away.  The usual gifts tend to revolve around candy, flowers, and stuffed animals.  This year, why not get your loved one a gift that supports a cause.

Let your true love show this Valentines Day by giving to those in need while simultaneously giving to your loved ones.  With Bears for Humanity, a leading social commerce company, every organic plush animal purchased is matched and given to a child in need.

Bears For Humanity manufacturers a complete line of plush in the US using only 100% GOTS certified organic materials and Fair Trade practices, and are hand-made by at-risk women from welfare-work programs through CalWorks outside of San Francisco. When one purchases a bear or other plush animal, the company also donates another to a child in need.  It's a win-win!

I received the 12" Brown Teddy Bear from the Baby Sherpas Collection, and think it's simply adorable.  The bear is hand sewn in the USA, hypoallergenic, and made from 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton – there are no harmful plastics, chemicals, or dyes.  There are no detachable pieces so it's safe for younger children.  The eyes and nose are embroidered.  The bear has a worn, rugged look.  I have my teddy bear set on my entertainment center and think it's cute as can be.
Organic Stuffed Cat Animal Pal

If teddy bears aren't your thing, don't discount Bears for Humanity just yet.  They also sell Animal Pals.  There are fourteen different creatures to choose from, with some being a shark, dog, dinosaur, and elephant.  The Animal Pals are made from the same organic materials as their teddy bear friends.
Win It!

One person will win a Brown Baby Sherpa Bear. (ARV $25)

*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway open to residents of the USA.*
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