Sunday, December 12, 2010
Well here is one they'll never forget -- it goes up on the wall where it can become art or be a reminder of your thoughtfulness all year long.
At Canvas on Demand you can get your photographs on canvas. It takes only 3-4 days to ship. They will do enhancements for free and they will do gallery wrapping, if that's what you're looking for (that's where the pic wraps around the edges of the canvas and would show without a frame) for free as well. Or you can make those edges colored or they will frame it. They also do collages.And it can be returned for a whole year for your money back. My friend Debbie recommended this so highly, I doubt you will be returning anything. She said the only problem was deciding what photo to order!
Fab for a couple who just got married, important anniversaries, Grads, new grandparents, someone who just bought a new home, pet lovers -- but doing flowers or scenery as well makes this a great gift for just about anyone for any reason.
TIP: If you order before midnight tonight, December 12, you'll get 22% off using the code MYART22
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Organic body wash in the prettiest colors from 100percentpure.com No harsh detergents, rich and foamy. One 16 oz bottle is $15. You can also get 5 for $39 which also comes with a bath sponge, and there are smaller and bigger sizes. Many fabulous, enticing scents: Blood orange, coconut, eucalyptus, white peach, Meyer lemon, even cocoa Kona coffee.
There are outdoor and indoor models, and you can order extra oil in a variety of sizes. There are some perfect as fire-pit substitutes for the patio or garden....
The copper colored one below is only $59. But the for $27.50 you can line your walkway at a back yard party or put one on a table top.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Flower Fairies from fatbraintoys.com are charming, colorful and very different. There's a fairy horse and a Fairy princess as well, from $7.95- 410.95. Click around on the site, as they have lots of options.
Dodge Tag -- a kind of dodgeball and laser tag combo. It's a high energy game, that challenges kids to hit the Velcro targets. Comes with two colorful vests with targets and balls to toss at them! $18.00
The Razor -- Kind of a big Wheel $130 - you just have to go on the site to read about it, so click the link and check it out. You can find retailers through their site.
Push, Pull, Ride! Amazing little 3 in one toy, well built and attractive, by a name we all remember and trust -- Radio Flyer. This is something a child (18-36 mo) can sit on and be pulled, but the seat turns upside down and locks back in to make a wagon. They have a cute "girls" version where the handle is pink and the handle is a caterpillar face. Only $34.99 at Amazon.
Saucer Scramble Game by Mattel -- $35 but I found it for as low as $15.90 on Amazon. Ages 5 and up, but I bet teens would like it too. Great customer reviews (if you want to read them.) You may want to buy some replacement discs too. Seems to me they can get easily lost.
HyperBlast from ShopWildPlanet.com$30 orGoogle for better price. This has gotten great reviews and just looks cool to me. Like the Saucer Scramble, it looks like it could be used by the whole family... or older and younger kids.
More to come, but this ought to get you started!
Monday, December 6, 2010
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
~Oren Arnold (a writer from Texas)
Saturday, December 4, 2010
They are nothing short of Dazzling and of the highest quality. Run don't walk to order at Amazon now for $24.99!
The maker, Kurt S. Adler, has many unusual lights for all occasion (even those old fashioned bubblers). You can Google their own website to see what else they make if these aren't your cup of tea, but oddly, Amazon seems to have a far greater selection and it's much clearer to shop from there too. There is also a chrystal set in just red and green. These pictures just don't do their brilliance justice. Your tree or front yard will have everyone oohing and aahing with these lights on them!
They also have a multi-colored thin glass bulb set and a pastel set, which could look amazing on white trees, metallic trees or in the baby's room (or heck, to give pizzaz to the decor at a baby shower). They are not chrystal and not as bright, but certainly are worth a mention.
Please let me know if you get them in the comments!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Just begin recording, and read through every page (adding kids names when you can or I love you's are highly encouraged by me !). Then, when you have it juuuust right, lock in the recording with the flip of a switch and it lasts -- even through battery changes. LOVE IT!
There's a choice of 15 books -- some holiday themed. Prices are between $25-35, and you can get Hallmark Gold Crown points as you go. Or, Google Hallmark recordable books and see if you can find other price points.
Stay close to someone who might be a little further than you'd wish with this great gift.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
100 years after his death, Mark Twain's autobiography has been released, the first of three, count em' three, tomes.
He wanted it that way. Lord knows what juiciness is within, that he wanted it to be held for a century, to be sure that no one who would be related too closely to anyone in it, himself included, was around? To reveal secret love affairs, vices, or flights of fancy? Or was it just that the man knew how to market himself?Bound to be just the right gift for one of those people who have everything on your list. TIP: Run out and buy today or tomorrow to get a first edition -- makes it all that more a treasure.
$34.00 but find it at AMAZON.com for $16.
Monday, October 25, 2010
The Xbox 360 Kinect
That's all I have to say.
This will be the most popular, sought after, cleared-from-the-shelves gift this season.
Television's Home Shopping Network was offering them (their own bundle of hardware and games) this weekend on their Holiday Tech show, but they don't hit the stores until November 4. You may want to watch HSN for that specifically titled show to see if they offer it again. They went like hotcakes. I've never ordered a thing from them but I almost did because my gut told me this was the one way to be sure way to get one. I don't even play these kinds of games or own any kind of console. Rock Band Beatles edition almost got me to get one but I just thought, I don't want to get MORE plugged and lose more hours than I already do to staring at a screen.
But I'm all for the Wii and now this, because it's EXERCISE. Your body is the joystick, so to speak, utilized by a motion-sensing camera. You can use your hands like they are a mouse and there's voice navigation capability as well. For those of us who played outside as kids bemoaning that kids now-a-days are pale and sedentary because of technology, finally technology is helping everyone get active again, and can bring the family together.
The good news is the Kinect is supposed to be compatible with all current and future X box consoles. Yes! There currently are about 15 launch titles. A partial list: a dance game of course, one for bowling, an animal collecting game, a Star Wars themed game, a Sports offering (much like Wii), a river ride, car racing and I've read about a Disney game with Tinkerbell.
Keep your eyes peeled, but if you end up camping out at store doors all night, please be careful people. Nothing is worth the stampedes some of these things cause. If you don't get one this holiday, remember that if you get the second version it is often cheaper, faster and better. Or you can probably buy this one when the shelves are stocked in January. Win/win.
There has been no price mentioned yet.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
(OK, I'll admit in the tiniest font possible that I stole that title from the cataloge).
Listen up. Dog ornaments!!
New from ORVIS, available in 204 freaking breeds! That's impressive. And as you can see, they can be personalized. I can't think of one person who wouldn't just love to have these for each one of their beloved furry ones.
Only $39 each. 2 wks for delivery (in the 48 states only).
Thank you to Orvis for the picture.
Anyway, some are so bad, they've been fodder for the unkind.... but if this is a must for someone on your list, Orvis has a pretty and tasteful one this year. Take a look:
It's a white lambs wool blend with light beading and a metallic threading subtly woven in. $89 in S.M.L or XL. Orvis has a helpful customer rating section under each item and all reports are good. If you end up buying it for yourself, you can confess it right here in the comments!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The book is called Fannie's Last Supper and is available at any bookstore. It's $25.99 but is discounted to $18.99 at Barnes and Noble (members get an extra 10% off), and can be as low as 25-40% off with one of Boarder's membership coupons. Amazon offers it for $15.20 (how do they do that?).
In her day Fannie Farmer's cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, circa 1896, was THE book to have, and came out at a time where food was a way for people to express themselves... Hence, many course meals were in vogue, as were the elaborate table settings, linens, lighting. Attendant table manners and etiquette became all the rage.
For about two years he experimented (with the help of team) how to make all the recipes authentically - which will promise to make a fascinating read filled with delicious details.
If you click on this link to NPR you can see pictures of the dinner itself, which was served in the Kimballs' brownstone in Boston's South End. Quite lush and magnificent! Of particular interest is the coal stove that they cooked everything on, which they had refurbished and installed in the kitchen. I can't wait to give this gift!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Thanks to my blog pal at the Rattie Crew, I discovered this very nice jewelry site. Christie Robinson, Earth and Animal Friendly Designs. Very affordable things... most average around $25.
The items look lovely, are simple yet unique, and there's a little something for everyone (if you don't like the animal or message themes there are nice, tasteful items, from rings and cuff links to things like Elvis's figures and city skyline necklaces to rival that famous Carrie necklace from Sex in the City).
Take time to really click around, there's more than featured in her slide show. I like the love ring, which could be good to save for an anniversary, or Valentines day... or any old day you want to brighten.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I sat and chatted for a bit with marketing master and science whiz Andrew Bleiman and portrait painter (fall-off-your-chair talented) and photographer Chris Eastland, the creators behind Zooborns.com.
If you've never gone to this website, YOU NEED TO, immediately (well, as soon as you finish reading this of course). There you'll find a daily dose of pictures, videos and news of baby animals born in zoos all over the world. It's a great way to show the good work is being done in zoos and conservation, but it's also just a good squee.
Simon and Schuster made the smart decision to publish their material; as a result Zooborns have have two new books coming out. Zoo Borns!, a book for kids age 2 and up, on sale starting October 19th, and ZooBorns, a picture book with animal facts, available November 2. You can pre-order them now, right here on Zooborns, com thru Amazon. I'm sure if calendars, stationery, notebooks, and day planners with that same theme (not to mention, a magazine) were to follow, they too would have great success.
10% of the sale profits go to the AZA's Conservation Endowment Fund, which makes a good thing better.
As we well know, just about everyone swoons over baby animals. Look for the books --At $12.99 each (even less at Amazon.com, both under $10 as of today), they are perfectly recession-priced for all those kiddie birthday parties your child is invited to, for your Godkids, nieces and nephews, for holiday gifts, baby showers or sweet 16... somebody stop me! It will cheer a friend in the hospital or anyone you know who's blue; it could be a hostess gift or be an original way to say thank you, or just make any average day that much brighter...
I'll be stocking up on a few to keep in my gift closet. How about you? Pass the word on, this is a good one.
Photo credit: Zooborns.com
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Renee from Circling My Head
Please give her whole blog your attention. She was a wise and courageous, blindingly honest and funny, happily married woman and loving mother/daughter/wife/grandma with a truly great and varied blog. She made her transition today, from cancer. I'm beside myself.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
“The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.”
Too bad I don't know who wrote this. It is a VERY thought provoking quote, but it seems duly appropriate with all the snow that's been giving us clear paths in almost every state this winter. What does this conjur up for you? What step are you taking next?
Monday, February 8, 2010
"When you die God and the angels will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you were allowed in life that you denied yourself." – Anonymous
What a wonderfully freeing, thought provoking 24 words. What are the pleasures -- or even one pleasure -- that you have denied yourself today, or in this life?
How does it feel looking at it in black and white? Does this give you any license to allow that thing?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
— Kevyn Aucoin
Kevin was a famous make up artist, a beautiful soul himself, who died way too young. But his message can still benefit us here and now. I encourage you to live by this today... and leave me a comment about what happened.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look, you look, and instead,
here's the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
— Rumi, inThe Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks
If this speaks to you, I'm wondering what it focuses on for you. Aging gracefully? Facing illness? Struggling at work? A break up? Kids leaving home?
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
You can always refer to the tab entitled Great Gifts to access these ideas at any time... for any occasion that comes up through the year. Most of them are available year round.
I'll still post on great products when I find them, but not be solely focused on that as I am duing holiday season. Don't forget to check out my animal blog, which I do post on almost every day, at www.naturegirrrl.blogspot.com I love getting your comments, so please leave one so I know you came to visit. Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!!!