Monday, February 29, 2016


I do quite a bit of drawing, sketching, painting etc. At times when I am out in the field AND without my camera (which is not very often) or I want to get started on a painting quickly, it is more advantageous to start sketching when I am on site.  It is not very convenient, however, to carry around a huge bulky sketch pad, along with the various drawing pencils I use to sketch.

Finally, someone has come up with a sketch pad that is easy to carry around, and easy to use. US Art Supply has put together a 5.5 inch x 8.5 inch sketch pad of 80 pages of 70 pound paper.  A nice portable size is what I wanted,  The paper is acid free, neutral pH, hard book bound, natural white sheets in a spiral bound formate. It has a hard black book bound cover and back that is very durable. It is ideal for writing, drawing, sketching. You can use pens, markers, pencils and more.

US Art Supply says:   - Acid Free, Neutral pH, Hard Book Bound Natural White Sheets in Book Form - Hard Durable Black Book Bound Cover and Back for Lasting Durability
 - Ideal for Writing, Drawing & Sketching. Use with Pens, Markers, Pencils and more
 - 70 Pound (110gsm) Book of 80 Sheets
[USA PSH110-55X85]

I really LOVE this sketch book and think I will order a lot more so that I have them.  I do alot of writing of poetry and just colorful lines that come into my head and having this book, gives me a place to jot it down and not loose or forget some precious gems.

I received this sketch book at a reduced price in exchange for this honest review.


Sunday, February 28, 2016



I have been putting my a vinyl adhesive pattern around my bathroom tub for a few years. Yes a few years. I have had to do it over and over as the vinyl did not stick as it said.  BUT finally, yes finally, I have found a vinyl that has done the job and I put it through the rigor that my other vinyl cuttings went through. Angel Craft Vinyl is the best I have ever worked with.  It is easy to cut on my cutting machine, easy to place, peel lasts.

The seller says:  Angel Craft VINYL is made to last with premium quality and a strong 3 mil thickness. It is best used for INDOOR and OUTDOOR applications with a 5 year durability when properly displayed. This is the BEST assorted color pack you will ever buy! MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!

I really got tired of other brands out there going the "cheap" route with their adhesive backed vinyl and cutting corners so I started my own line of HIGH QUALITY adhesive calendered vinyl that is actually MADE IN the USA! 

35 Gloss COLORS consist of: Gloss Black, Gloss White, Matte White, Matte Black, Brown, Magenta, Tomato Red, Tangerine, Sunbeam Yellow, Kelly Green, Blue, Plum, Wild Cardinal Red, Fiesta Pink, Teal, Violet, Royal Purple, Lavender, Beige, Silver, Medium Grey, Gold, Olympic Blue, Sapphire Blue, Sunflower, Lime Green, Dark Green, Red, Burgundy, Peacock, Flat Black, Matte Yellow, Poppy Red, Forest Green, & Azure Blue.

After you have cut your designs you then can use the Angel craft Transfer Paper (sold separately) to easily align your design on the wall or other smooth surfaces. 

Great for Home Decor, Signs, Letters, Banners, Striping, Decals, Window Graphics, Tiles, and so much more! 

Go Ahead and add it to your cart and try it out for yourself. You will NOT be disappointed! 

***please note that colors appear slightly different on computer monitors***




Newtons Cradle sold by ActionFly

This is quite a bit of fun!  Newtons Cradle is an instrument that was designed showing Newtons Law of Motion that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  Thus if one ball is raised and dropped, one on the other end will do the same.  If we drop two balls, then two on the other end will raise in reaction to the force.  Or, you can look at it as a really cool toy for adults!  Kids could use it too, but they may tangle up the strings. Ask me, I know. I had one when I was a kid and I messed it up so many times!  It was tough to untangle.

This Newtons Cradle sold by ActionFly is made mostly of metal, the zigzag hanger and the balls. The balls are hung on a poly string. The base is durable plastic that looks like steel. It is very reflective.  This is a high class version of the old Lincoln log looking Newtons Cradle. I love it and have it on my desk at home. When I teach I have it high on a shelf but I will bring it down to demonstrate and let responsible students work with it.

  • The seller says:  Newton's Cradle makes a great desktop gift.
    Unique exclusive contemporary design
    These swinging balls will keep you occupied for hours at work.
    Newton's Cradle is a clever device that not only demonstrates a pendulum, but also shows the Laws of Conservation of Momentum and Energy.
    Contemporary design complements any office or home decor.
    I love my Newtons Cradle!  I received my cradle at a reduced price in exchange for this honest review.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Platypus Charm



Do you ever wonder why we STILL have those old bottle openers and why no one has come up with something else, something better?  Well wait and wonder no more!   Taza has designed POPTOP.

It is a round cylinder with a grip inside. You push it down and the grip pulls the cap off of the bottle!  Very simple, very easy, very durable!  I have arthritis and it is easier for me to use the POPTOP than the old fashioned bottle opener!  The POPTOP is great at parties and would make a great Hostess Gift.  It is small and easy to carry.

The seller says:  Whether you go to sporting events where you tailgate, have the friends over on weekends for your famous BBQ's, or just love having a state-of-the-art bar at home, you will love the way Pop the Top performs and amazes your fellow drinkers! - Pop the Top Bottle Opener by TaZa! - The easiest opener. Push it down and off it pops! - Sleek aluminum with quality stainless steel mechanism ensures you can Pop the Top bottle after bottle.

- NO WRIST-TWIST - The easy-action, no-wrist-twist design will impress your friends and liven the party! Also easy on arthritic hands.

Available in two sleek colors to match any bar decor Do your wrists and hands hurt every time you twist off a bottle top? Are you always on the lookout for a great, new gadget that makes your life a whole lot easier?

If so, then Pop the Top is just what you're looking for. It's easy to use-Just one downward push and release.

It works effortlessly, so it's easy on your wrists and hands. It's durable, built to last with a professional-grade stainless steel mechanism that is reliable to work whenever you need it, and works on any type of cap.
I received this opener at a reduced price in exchange for this honest review.

Think Taza!  POP TOP Bottle Opener





This is a dream come true!!  As a teacher, I have seen all kinds of pencil sharpeners come and go.

The old crank ones were dull or usually broken. Then the kids brought their own hand sharpeners. They were always sharpening their pencils until they were an inch long, or we spent a lot of time sweeping up pencil shavings from the floor.

Next, came electric sharpeners.  They never seemed to last very long.  Then enter  Imikas automatic electric pencil sharpener.  WOW! I love this sharpener!  It is sharp, collects the shavings in its own connected tray. When kids sharpen their pencils, it only goes as far as a nice sharp tip. They cannot keep going until no pencil is left. It stops when the pencil is sharpened.  It is fairly quiet.  The mechanics are metal with a sharp burr. The top and shaving tray is made of durable plastic.  It is about 10 inches long by 3 inches wide. It does not take up a lot of space.

Friday, February 26, 2016

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Fisherman Charm

The Fisherman Charm

Fisherman Charm

This is one of the most darling charms I have ever had.  It is all silver. It has a little fisherman with a straw hat (so darn cute!)with a fishing pole, sitting in a boat. At the end of his fishing pole, underneath the boat is a detailed fish. You can see the scales, the eye the fins and tale. It is wonderfully detailed!

The seller says: The most serene little charm around!

A cute and beautifully-crafted charm, this tiny fisherman will be sit and wait for the perfect catch - and he's yours!

Each charm, with dimensions of 1 INCH x .75 INCH, is the perfect size for crafting a wide array of beautiful jewelry or adding to your own bracelet!

Shiny and with a gentle patina, this striking little fellow will shimmer and shine no matter what you add him to!

(this charm comes in a white jewelry box with a soft insert - perfect for gifting!)

I received this charm at a reduced price in exchange for this honest review. Stay tuned to my blog as I review about five other charms and post the completed charm bracelet at the end!  All charms from KataraDecor.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hummingbird Food


I just LOVE Hummingbirds! So small, so tiny, so fast and so beautiful! Ever since I arrived in California, I have learned to pause and look especially when I think what I saw was a "big bee".  I have caught many pictures like the one above. I have been asked, "How do you get hummingbirds to come to your feeders?"
I reply, mostly patience.  I put nectar in the feeders with the plastic red and yellow flowers. Then, you wait. You wait for them to find your feeder. Each year I have seen the Ruby Throat and the Katharine, and Rufus, usually one or two at a time, fighting for their territory.

What really helps is having a good nectar. There are many mixtures out there, wet and dry. I have always bought the dry and mixed it myself. Most have you add red food coloring. While it can help to attract the Hummingbirds because the flowers they love are that color. However, certain reds can harm the birds, which is something I didn't realize until reading Centimom's information that came with her specially formulated Hummingbird feed.

Her Hummingbird Feed is put together with the health of the birds in mind. It is actually called "Gourmet Hummingbird Feed"  It does not have any harmful ingredients, no perservatives and no artifical sweeteners.  It is made of all natural ingredients.The feed comes in three pound bags for a very reasonable price. Centimom gives all sorts of hints for drawing Hummingbirds and keeping the nectar healthy. For example, place the feeder in a shady place to slow the growth of mildew. The nectar should be changed every three or four days.

Centimom also sells other tools, like Hummingbird feeders, feeder brushes for cleaning, a book on Hummingbirds and how to attract them to your yard.

I received a generous supply of Gourmet Hummingbird Feed free in exchange for this


Monday, February 22, 2016



These candles are awesomely amazing! They have a wick that moves just like a real wick! They are sooooo realistic and soooooo beautiful.  For Valentines Day I decorated them with gold hearts and for the holidays, I will probably use peppermint ribbon.

There are five candles of varying heights and look as if they have been burned down a bit. They actually glow on two AA batteries. The smaller ones have one of the flat coin batteries.  It comes with a remote control. You can turn them on or off or set for 2, 4, 6 hours. They will turn off by themselves!  SO SAFE!  No more worry about fire, setting your sleeves on fire, or your house. The ambiance they project is festive or romantic. You can brighten the flame or dim it.  ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.  I have young kids around and a cat, a nosey cat! I think these will be the only candles I will use!! 

The seller says: Smart control:With One Remote Control, You Could Control All Our Comenzar Candles of Different Sizes, & Our Candle Sets of 5.
10 Key Remote Timer-For easy & Convenient operation.Out Led Candles Lets you choose among 2/4/6/8 hours Timers as well as Static Flickering Light options and Brightness Levels.THE TIMER WILL CYCLE EVERY 24 HOURS
Energy saving -Our flickering flameless candles Can Simply Switch on the Remote Control by Clicking . Click it off when no longer needed.
Battery Operated-This flameless candle is operated by 3 x AAA battery with Flickering effect .Product Size:3"(D)X5"(H)-2pcs/3"(D)X7"(H)/1.9"(D)X2.7"(H)-2pcs
Safe To Use Around Children and Pets - Led candles without real fire.Never worry about fire-related accidents again!

I LOVE THESE CANDLES!! I have to  keep my eye on them so they don’t walk away!!

I received these candles at a greatly reduced price in exchange for this honest review.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


The Original French Rolling Pin


I love to cook, especially bake.   I make at least 50 dozen cookies each holiday season. I also love making pie dough and bread dough, baguettes and more.

When I saw this rolling pin, I wondered why it was shaped as it is and why is it the “original French rolling pin”

After using it for a few days, I can see the advantages to using the Original French Rolling Pin. You have much more control with the pressure you put on the pin and on the dough.  It is easier to use than the pins with the handles. It is also easier to clean.  You simple wipe the pin with a damp cloth and let it dry or dry it with an unused towel. This will keep it free from bacteria. NEVER immerse it in the water to wash it.

The tapered shape of the French rolling pin is used to make circles and thin dough, usually for pizza. The French pin gives you much more control of your dough.

I received this rolling pin at a low cost in exchange for my honest review.

The seller says: Losing control of your dough? The tapered edge design of The Original French Rolling Pin allows for full control when rolling dough for your favorite pizza, pastry, or pie. You can practically feel the dough roll right under your finger tips! The Original French Rolling Pin is made out of solid beech wood, ensuring durability and a smooth texture. The sleek and economical design allows for ease of storage anywhere in your kitchen.
- Solid beech wood french rolling pin with tapered end
- Tapered design enables better control and feel of the dough as you roll
- Smooth and quality construction ensures ease of use and durability
- 18 inch length makes it easy to store anywhere in your kitchen
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee - We stand by our products




When I first saw this bracelet, I flipped!! Even knowing that it is not genuine diamond, it looked lovely in the picture. When I received it I was NOT DISAPPOINTED!!  It is gorgeous! It looks like a real diamond filled tennis bracelet. I have worn it to several events and received so many comments and compliments. Of course, no one asks if it is real diamond.  I  LOVE IT! IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE MARILYN MONROE, in the movie, ”Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

The seller says, 1 Row Stretch Rhinestone Bracelet.  Stretch style fits up to approximately 7" wrist. Plated in Sterling Silver.  Fun accessory works for Weddings, Prom,  Pageant or just evening wear.  Daytime is fun too!
I received this bracelet at a discounted price in exchange for this honest review.

Saturday, February 20, 2016



I have been struggling with portion control for quite awhile on my journey to loose weight.  I have weighed, measured portion after portion and still, it takes me forever to get my plate together.  My husband and people around the table would argue with me that “that doesn’t look like 4 ounces”, “you have to eat more than that or you won’t get  your metabolism to work digesting it and you won’t loose weight!”  It’s enough to make you scream.

Then I ran into these portion control containers. WOW, now I can see what my portion should look like and how many I may have per day.  Sweet. If anyone argues that I am eating too much or not enough, I refer them to the containers. That usually gets them to stop.

The containers come in six different sizes that represent different food groups. red is for protein, purple is for fruit, green is for vegetables, blue is for healthy fats,seeds, some nuts, some fats, yellow is for carbohydrates and orange is for dressings and other fats. I know it can be confusing to remember all that, but it is made easy as they give a fold up brochure the details what is in what food group. Nice.  It also tells how many of each you should be eating to maintain your weight. Then it tells you how to calculate how much of each group you will eat so that you WILL loose weight.

I put my card under my placemat at home, and the containers where I and everyone else can see them. That way there are no frustration arguments as to what is what.  I truly believe that these containers are saving my life. I am eating within the guidelines of these portion control containers. 
The seller says:  Product Description These 7 Piece Portion Control Containers is the easiest and best way to measure out each meal. The different colored containers ensures you can easily distinguish between the boxes and have a healthy daily meal. The containers are completely 100% Leak Proof, made of high quality propylene, built to last and is completely BPA & DEHP free and safe for dishwasher & microwave use. Each container set comes with a clearly detailed guide to help you understand how to measure your daily intake.Benefits of using the Control SystemSimple Habits Portion Control Containers are used for easy meal planning and a healthy lifestyle. Our portion control containers are color coded so that you know exactly how much food to put in each one * Finally take control of your meal plans. With these simple, but beautiful looking containers.
* Feel Good and Happier with what your cooking.
* Never wonder if your eating to much or to little.

Color Guide:
Green Container - Vegetables - 1 cup - 8 oz
Purple Container - Fruits - 1 cup - 8 oz
Red Container - Proteins - 3/4 cup - 5 oz
Yellow Container - Carbs - 1/2 cup - 4 oz
Blue Container - Healthy Fats - 1/3 cup - 2 oz
Orange Container - Nuts, Seeds & Dressing - 2 Tbsp - 2 oz

 I received this set of portion control containers at a reduced price in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.



Peyton Manning Football Cards



These are amazing!! Three football cards with clear, crisp shots of Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos!! Cards Cards are complete with stats, history and notes about Peyton.  They are enclosed in a clear plastic sleeve to protect the cards. Cards are unique and portrays Manning with the Broncos and Superbowl 50.  I love these cards and they are going to make a great gift for my sons!

The seller says:  Awesome collectors lot of football cards for any Peyton Manning or Broncos fan! Great gift for kids. Get 3 unique cards from 2012-2015 sets - all in Broncos uniform. Each card is individually sleeved for protection. With our Tomoson promo your cards cost less than 50 cents each and are shipped free! Go Broncos


I received these cards at a reduced price in exchange for this honest review.


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Peyton Manning Football Cards Superbowl 50 

Friday, February 19, 2016


Zarita Lumbar Back Brace is the answer for me. 

I have 3 bulging disks and a broken tail bone. ( I don’t know how it all happened, but it is there.) I was offered this lumbar brace to try and WOW!! My back feels so much better!  I put it on for four hours and my back immediately began to feel better. I could still feel my tail bone and I think that it is just too far down to be affected by the brace.

The brace is made of a special plastic material that contains copper and added magnets to help the back.  It has pockets for cold or hot packs.  It has Velcro attachments to make it tighter or loosened as needed. 

My husband wore it for four hours for his lower back and felt relief. The belt manufacturer warn that the lumbar brace should be worn only for a few hours at the beginning as some wearers reported a burning sensation if worn longer. My husband felt a little bit of this after four hours. But he is finding he can go longer and longer each day. I did not experience it at all. 

The seller also says:  

  • DESIGNED TO HEAL: This lumbar belt is designed to support your lower back muscles, strengthen the loosened muscles, align your posture, and reduce the muscle inflammation and pain. It prevents further injury to the waist. You can even wear it during your workout regimen or sports training to beat the blues of muscle cramps and aches.
     I received this lumbar brace at a reduced cost in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, February 15, 2016



This is the most complete set of the top six basic pure 100% essential aromatherapy oils  that I have ever seen and now, happily, I own!! I have always wanted to make my own mixture of oils for different reasons or mood, like relaxed or energized. The aromas included are:

Eucalyptus, lavender, sweet orange, lemongrass, peppermint, tea tree. These oils can be mixed and matched to create whatever aroma and with that aroma, invoke a mood in most people.  They are absolutely wonderful and pure.

Iviur Nature is constructing a website that I am sure, will give the purpose and use of oils for wellness and healing.

The seller says: Set of TOP 6 100% pure essential oils

IVIUR NATURE essential oils are 100% pure and natural products without the addition of various chemical additives.
Thanks to our oils, you can enjoy an unforgettable experience aromatherapy, relaxation and release the body from stress and tension. Medical aromatherapy has great potential to promote health. It can help you to look and feel younger and fuller life, and in many ways encouraging your life and well-being. But to make it work you need to use good quality oils. IVIUR NATURE oils are 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil. No additives, fillers, bases or carriers added.
Set includes a luxury package with 6 x 10 ml bottles with top oils (eucalyptus, lavender, sweet orange, lemongrass, peppermint, tea tree)

I received this set at a reduced price in exchange for this honest review.