Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Secret Garden Coloring Book is YOUR Adult Stress Relief!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from the author, via Tomoson, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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It's the holiday season officially....

How stressed are you?


So how about joining the fad, that really DOES reduce your stress?

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book features a thicker high-quality paper that prevents ink saturation. For use with markers, fine tip pens, and color pencils. The magical hidden objects and fun mazes will astonish each colorist. You get an adorable sheet of bonus high-quality stickers of cute birds and more too!

 The illustrations are highly detailed as you can see, and are perfect for a beginner or expert artist. Each illustration also contains secret images (insects, animals, objects, etc), for more fun. The front page shows you how many there are per book:

Secret Garden coloring book provides hours of creative stress relief for everyone! 

The coloring book really helps you to unwind after a busy day,  by relieving stress though your creative side. And the downtown frequently lets your brain work on things that are causing you stress, and I've found, to provide me with a sudden solution to the problem! It's amazing how when you quiet you mind by being creative, suddenly other problems resolve themselves unconsciously!

Can you find the hidden secret in the print above?

I love the sturdier pages in this book, that really help if you want to pull a page out to frame it or decopauge it onto something. Think of it as a stress reliever that can also fulfill your gift giving needs! LOL. I would say pencils would work better with this book, unless you have fine tip markers, as some of the sections to color are VERY small!

We love these books, and you will too! Plus they make a perfect holiday gift giving idea- just add a set of pencils or gel pens, and a bar of chocolate, and you have the perfect hostess, Secret Santa, pre-teen/teen, or adult holiday gift!

About Johanna Basford
I'm an illustrator and ink evangelist who prefers pens and pencils to pixels. I create intricate, hand drawn illustrations predominately, although not exclusively, in black and white. My creativity is cultivated by a curious imagination and a delight in the fantastic. Much of my work has roots in the flora and fauna that surrounded me growing up on my parent's fish farm in rural Scotland." (Brasford, J) "Every piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints. My delicate hand inked designs intend to charm and delight, inviting you to peer closer and discover the hidden intricacies". *

Happy Thanksgiving!

Family Movie Night- When Calls the Heart Complete Season 2 10 Disc Box Set

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Edify Media, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now for a new release that is perfect for some 'binge' watching, 
while they guys are watching their 4th football game of the day!

When Calls the Heart Complete Season 2 10 Disc Box Set cover

Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is a strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home - and a bit of unexpected romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack - in the small frontier town of Hope Valley. But life on the frontier can hand you many tough turns, and so it is for Jack and Elizabeth as they face their very different upbringings, the pressures put upon them by family, rival suitors and even various criminal counterfeiters and kidnappers in their quest to find their place in this remote and rugged land.

10 DVD Collector's Edition includes

Disc 1: Trials of the Heart (Movie Version)
Disc 2: Heart and Soul (Movie Version)
Disc 3: Heart of the Family (Movie Version)
Disc 4: Heart and Home (Movie Version)
Disc 5: Follow your Heart (Movie Version)
>Disc 6: Episodes as aired on the Hallmark Channel
Disc 7: Episodes as aired on the Hallmark Channel
Disc 8: Episodes as aired on the Hallmark Channel
Disc 9: Special Features Disc
Disc 10: Instrumental CD 


As you know, we LOVE When Calls the Heart! As Miss Grace gets older, it is harder to find age appropriate shows for her, which is why I am SO thrilled that this show is coming back for a 3rd season soon, as it is the one show I can count on! Every episode always leas to some family discussion time, along the lines of 'what would you do and why?", which really helps me to gauge any peer pressure she is getting and to help re-instill our family values and why we believe a certain way.

This box set if perfect for giving, as it has the movie versions of each episode (as I've shared with you this year), as well as the episodes as they aired on Hallmark, with breaks, a CD of the music used on the show (which we love for dance warm ups) and the Special Features, which will delight any Heartie! The Special Features include Behind-the-Scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew, and  Journey to Jamaa - A Short Film by When Calls the Heart Producers Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird.

This is a perfect gift idea for any Heartie on you holiday gift list, so don't miss this wonderful compilation set! 

Book Review: Lone Star by Paullina Simons

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Harper Collins, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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From the bestselling, acclaimed author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman comes the unforgettable love story between a college-bound young woman and a traveling troubadour on his way to war—a moving, compelling novel of love lost and found set against the stunning backdrop of Eastern Europe.
Chloe is just weeks away from heading off to college and starting a new life far from her home in Maine when she embarks on a great European adventure with her boyfriend and two best friends. Their destination is Barcelona, but first they must detour through the historic cities of Eastern Europe to keep an old family promise.
Here, in this fledgling post-Communist world, Chloe meets a charming American vagabond named Johnny, who carries a guitar, an easy smile—and a lifetime of secrets. From Treblinka to Trieste, from Karnikava to Krakow, from Vilnius to Venice, the unlikely band of friends and lovers traverse the old world on a train trip that becomes a treacherous journey into Europe’s and Johnny’s darkest past—a journey that jeopardizes Chloe’s plans for the future and all she ever thought she wanted.
But the lifelong bonds Chloe and her friends share are about to be put to the ultimate test—and whether or not they reach Barcelona, they can only be certain that their lives will never be the same again.


This book is a little slow to get started, but once it finds it's pace, it becomes a real page turner! While not a YA novel, it is one that mothers and daughters both with find appealing. This was the first of Paulina's novels I have read and she definitely knows how to keep the reader enchanted with her characters and reading long into the night. It's definitely a book to read by the fire during a cold winter's day! Much like a good cup of cocoa, it can warm your soul! 

About the Author:

Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture. 

After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullina wrote her first novel Tully. Through word of mouth that book was welcomed by readers all over the world. 

She continued with more novels, including Red Leaves, Eleven Hours, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross (also known as Tatiana and Alexander), The Summer Garden and The Girl in Times Square (also known as Lily). Many of Paullina's novels have reached international bestseller lists. 

Apart from her novels, Paullina has also written a cookbook, Tatiana's Table, which is a collection of recipes, short stories and recollections from her best selling trilogy of novels, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross, (also known as Tatiana and Alexander) and The Summer Garden.

Recipe Weekend- The Wonders of Green Bean Casserole

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this info, free of charge,from Del Monte, for blog posting purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Tomorrow  is T Day!

Are you ready?

Is your menu the same as it has been fir the past 5-10 years?

If so, you're not alone!

DelMonte, that Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner iconic brand recently  conducted a Thanksgiving Survey and found out that 30 Million 'Green Bean Casseroles' will appear on U.S. dinner tables this year! That's  a LOT of canned green beans! 

To conduct this study, Del Monte, whow is the country's prominent grower and distributor of green beans and many other delicious vegetables,  asked 3,000 Americans to "go green bean" and rate whether or not they plan to eat the classic green-bean casserole side dish this Thanksgiving. Shown below is a list of U.S. states ranked by the highest concentration of Thanksgiving green-bean casserole eaters:

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1.  Louisiana:  60% (expect to eat green-bean casserole this Thanksgiving) !!! 
Now there's  a top ranking we'll  take!  

2.  Oklahoma:  58% 
3.  Kentucky:  57% 
4.  Florida:  54% 
5.  Wisconsin:  52% 
6.  Missouri:  51% 
7.  Colorado:  50% 
8.  Kansas:  49% 
9.  New Hampshire:  48% 
10.  Maine:  46% 
11.  Vermont:  45% 
12.  California:  44% 
13.  Mississippi:  43% 
14.  Idaho:  41% 
15.  Utah:  41% 
16.  Texas:  40% 
17.  Illinois:  39% 
18.  Ohio:  38% 
19.  New York:  37%
20.  Michigan:  37% 
21.  Alabama:  36% 
22.  North Carolina:  36% 
23.  New Mexico:  35%
24.  Maryland:  34% 
25.  Tennessee:  32%
26.  Massachusetts:  32% 
27.  New Jersey:  31% 
28.  South Carolina:  30% 
29.  Pennsylvania:  29%
30.  Virginia:  29% 
31.  Arizona:  29% 
32.  Minnesota:  28%
33.  Indiana:  27% 
34.  Georgia:  26% 
35.  Delaware:  25% 
36.  Oregon:  23% 
37.  Rhode Island:  23% 
38.  Connecticut:  22% 
39.  Nevada:  22% 
40.  Montana:  21% 41.  Iowa:  21% 
42.  Washington:  21% 
43.  West Virginia:  20% 
44.  Alaska:  20% 
45.  Arkansas:  20% 
46.  Nebraska:  19% 
47.  Wyoming:  19% 
48.  South Dakota:  19% 
49.  North Dakota:  18% 
50.  Hawaii:  17% 

 Surprised by where your state rated?

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Del Monte also asked U.S. residents to rate their favorite "secret ingredient" -that one creative item that can be added to the casserole's iconic green bean, cream of mushroom, and french fried onion flavors,  to make it unique and different.  According to the survey, America's Top 10 most-wanted secret ingredients for green bean casserole are: 

 1.  Bacon (34%) 
2.  Mushrooms (17%) 
3.  Cheese (11%) 
4.  Grilled Onions (8%) 
5.  Almonds (7%) 
6.  Sausage (6%) 
7.  Bread crumbs or crushed crackers (5.6%) 
8.  Garlic (5.2%) 
9.  Jalapeños or hot sauce (4%) 
10.  Sour cream (3%)

Hmmmm, with the exception of #9, we'be made them all. Lol  


 Del Monte also ranked its Top 5 most popular green bean casserole recipes (based on frequency on 2015 Thanksgiving dinner tables): 

bacon cheddar green bean casserole

Creole Sausage and Green Bean Casserole

So what version will be on YOUR table tomorrow? ???

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