Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Baking and Cooking with Nellie's Eggs + Homemade Egg Nog! @Freerangenellie #sp

Eggs are an important part of my family's diet. And when it comes to eggs, I am careful to select only certified human free range eggs. The holidays are about spending time with friends and family and baking delicious food. As you set off on your holiday cooking and baking bonanza, remember to choose the right eggs.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Book Review: The Secret Language of Dogs by Victoria Stilwell

Wouldn't it be neat to have an actual conversation with your dog?

By that I mean a two-side conversation: I chat with my dog all the time and though I try to translate dog language, I'm not the most successful at it.

Here's a book that promises to teach you how to communicate with your better canine half:

The Secret Language of Dogs by Victoria Stilwell 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

10 Things You Should Never Ever Put in a Christmas Hamper

Christmas can be a challenging time of year for all sorts of reasons. The traffic can be particularly heavy, there’s pressure to make sure all the family is visited, and then, of course, there’s the requirement to head to the high street to buy gifts for the whole family and friends. It’s not easy to find the perfect gifts for loved ones because people expect presents that are unique and well thought about.
Fortunately, the best Christmas hampers are filled with delights that loved ones are bound to adore. They can be filled with alcohol, tasty delights as well as a number of other treats, and they can be as cheap or expensive as a person desires.
Hampers from companies such as The Basket People vary wildly in price, and that means people can shop on a budget or splash out on something extra luxurious. However, there are definitely certain things that shouldn’t be put in a hamper. Below, this article will take a look at 10 items that might not be appreciated by those who receive a hamper as a gift this upcoming Christmas.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review: Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons

One of my favorite things about living in Italy were the long, drawn-out Sunday lunches. Post pranzo, I always indulged in a sip or two or three of an amaro, bittersweet liqueur, a.k.a. digestivo. Post-amaro, nothing was more delightful than settling in for a nap, only to awaken in the early evening for a lovely passegiata around Rome's historic heart. dolce vita.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review: The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher

I'm fascinated by glamorous 1920's and I've always loved Harry Houdini legends and lore. So I was delighted to dig into The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Holiday Book for the Budding Artist in the Family: Doodletopia Fairies DRAW, DESIGN, AND COLOR YOUR OWN SUPER-MAGICAL AND BEAUTIFUL FAIRIES By CHRISTOPHER HART

Disclosure: Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post.

I have fond memories of receiveing a new slew of books on Christmas morning. I could always count on Santa bringing me exciting books to carry me through the long winter days. As an avid reader, winter for me is all about cuddling up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoying a great book! Luckily, I've passed this love of reading on to my own two children, and Santa brings them a great selection of books every Christmas morning, too. 

Here's a book for the budding artist in the family: Doodletopia Fairies DRAW, DESIGN, AND COLOR YOUR OWN SUPER-MAGICAL AND BEAUTIFUL FAIRIES  by Christopher Hart. 

Doodletopia Fairies by Christopher Hart

My daughter, age 7, loves this book. She can easily follow the steps to draw fairies and other fantasy characters. This is a book that she picks up every other day and uses to inspire her latest art masterpieces. Exercises and challenges encourage kids to fine tune their art skills - it's a mini art lesson on every page!

For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers us a chance to practice and perfect our artistic skills. For this latest title, Hart returns to the lush, gorgeous, and mystical subject of fairies. Doodletopia: Fairies provides aspiring fantasy artists and fairy fans with activities to stimulate their creativity.

Check out Doodletopia Fairies DRAW, DESIGN, AND COLOR YOUR OWN SUPER-MAGICAL AND BEAUTIFUL FAIRIES by Christopher Hart, available at your local library or independent bookstore today.