Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 is Almost Here

Gosh it is hard to believe that in a few days it will be 2018.  Where has the time gone?  
I can remember as a child I thought that is crazy talk - time goes by slow.  Well with each year older I swear time moves faster.  
Now that I am in my 60's time seems to be 
running a marathon. 

As I look back on 2017 here are a few fun highlights:
Mirror Lake State Park
Ice Age Trail
Ice Caves
Muddy Hiking
Hot Springs
Diamond Mine
Wisconsin Dells
Pop-up Camper
Playful Goose
UP Michigan
Devils Lake
Black Friday

If you were with me at any of these locations - you too know I had a BLAST!!!!
Good Bye 2017 ~ You were a Fun Year!
Hello 2018 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brahma Soft-Grip Leash by Bold Lead Design

Designed for dog sports such as nose work and tracking. Perfect for play time and exercise, too. Super-durable, affordable training leads in any length!

Strong as a Brahma bull, this man-made leather alternative makes a fantastic 
all-weather dog leash. 

It can take a beating through brush, creeks, and saltwater. It is flexible has a nice weight and feel that resembles leather. It won’t give you rope burn or absorb dirt/moisture like rope or nylon leads.Brahma Soft-Grip is constructed with webbing on the inside and a durable, non-tacky PCV coating on the outside.  The durable material is great for extreme weather conditions, resilient to cold weather, and is resistant to abrasions.  Perfect for crazy Wisconsin winter weather.  Winter is Diesel and my favorite hiking time.  I am super excited to give the Brahma Soft-Grip a try this winter on a  cold windy Wisconsin winter day. 

Diesel is always tugging on the leash. The Brahma is easy to wrap around my hand to control him - no cutting into my skin.  I like the fact that I can wrap my hand and hold onto the leash with my hands while walking. Very easy leash for me to control him. 

Bold Lead Designs offers more than a dozen different designs of dog leaches, collars, and accessories.  Click HERE to check out their amazing products.

Many lengths up to 50 feet; price depends on the length. 
Select a regular handle, or no handle. 
Choice of color and width
Just a few of their quality products.

Brahma Leads come with a Lifetime Warranty.
I love the fact that it is a woman owned company that makes everything by hand.

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Click HERE

Perfect Holiday Gift for the Dog & Dog Person 
on your Holiday List

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Here is a great way to make a fast easy party tray for Fall. 
Thanksgiving must have!

I purchased an inexpensive plastic leaf tray from Walmart. I also purchased 3 leaf cookie cutters.

Using 6000 Glue I glued the cookie cutters to the leaf tray.
Let glue dry

Then I filled the cookie cutters with cheese, Pepper Jelly Dip and Candy.
I then added crackers and pretzels around dip and chocolate candy around the candy leaf.

Perfect for party events in the fall. 

I spend less than $3.50 for a very nice and useful tray.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cracker Barrel Dinner is our Thanksgiving Tradition

It is almost Holiday Season.  One of my favorite things about the holidays is our family traditions.  

For about the last 12 years we enjoy our Thanksgiving Dinner at Cracker Barrel.  We love it!  The food is delicious and everyone gets to order whatever they want.  Dave orders Sirloin - Davey orders hash brown casserole and the rest of us have the Turkey Dinner.  

It is funny to me how people say - Cracker Barrel Thanksgiving has to be terrible. If fact it is perfect!!!  We all look forward to the day.  We meet at 2 pm for Thanksgiving Dinner. After dinner Dave takes the kids home and Dawn & I head out shopping. 

I work the local hospital Emergency Department.  I work holidays in fact Christmas night and New Years Eve I will be at work.   

Guess what I am saying is that many of the people screaming "No Shopping on Thanksgiving" I really do not think have ever had a position that required them to work holidays.  When you take the job you known up front holidays are part of the job. 

Also, every year I thank the staff at Cracker Barrel for working on Thanksgiving.  They also Thank us for coming. The staff tell me they love working Thanksgiving - Last year our waitress told me she makes enough money in tips on Thanksgiving to pay for her Christmas shopping. She also told me they fight over getting more hours on Thanksgiving   LOL  Guess the protesters have no idea.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas Papercrafting Book

It's a holiday papercrafting kit in a book! This treasure trove of Christmas papercrafting includes:
  • 50 Christmas Greeting Cards
  • 16 Holiday Gift Tags
  • 18 Yuletide Mini-Cards
  • 6 Festive Bookmarks
  • Large & Small Envelope Templates
  • Large-Format Art Frameables
  • 34-page Seasonal Scrapbook Paper Gallery
Inside Christmas Papercrafting, you'll find everything you need to celebrate the season with festive papercrafts, from greeting cards and mini cards to gift tags and bookmarks, all beautifully illustrated with joyous imagery and merry sentiments.
It's so easy to find just the right art card here—perforated, colored, and ready to embellish—that beams with good will and cheerfulness. With a wealth of scrapbook papers, cardstock templates, and frameable art, Christmas Papercrafting is a wonderful resource for every crafter who wants to send their holiday best.

If you are like me - you love crafts.  This book makes being crafty very easy.  Check out what I made using the items in the book - holiday cards & envelopes, book-markers, fridge magnets, and name tags for present.

What makes the book so nice is that I did not have to buy numerous items to make the projects. The only item I purchased was holiday ribbon - the other items I already had in my craft cabinet.

I needed:
Hole punch

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Healtop ~ Natural Products

As many of you know I have very sensitive skin. One of the main reason I only use natural products for all of my skin care needs.

HealTop is a line of natural products.  
Click HERE to check our the many products they have available.

Feel Great Balance
Feel Great Face
Feel Great Body

Essential products for Women Over the Age of 45. The bundle includes 2 amazing 100% natural skin care products face and body and also the amazing natural supplement balance for women in menopause or perimenopause.

HealTop Products are vegan
Cruelty FREE 
Paraben/sls/artificial scents FREE
Manufactured under GMP, HACCP, ISO9000, ISO22000.
Since I only use natural products - I was very excited about testing  their products.
I love the face and body cream. Living in Wisconsin our winters are cold and our air is dry. My skin looks like a alligator by December 1st of each year. 
The creams were absorbed quickly by my skin. Which I really liked - I hate it when a cream just sits on my skin making my skin greasy. It is amazing how my skin reacts to all natural products. My skin feels great and looks great. Plus, I know I am giving my skin good ingredients not chemicals!

The Feel Great Balance is a perfect way to change up my daily water intake. I just add drops to my water bottle and I am good to go.

What is really nice about Healtop is that when you take advantage of their BUNDLES - You SAVE $$$$ - Plus the products are designed to work together to make your skin care experience a positive.

This Holiday Season HEALTOP makes a great gift 
to give and receive.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cute Christmas - Holiday Coloring Book

 These adorable kitties, puppies, and other critters may be on the naughty list—but they're still really cute! Have yourself a furry little Christmas with this heartwarming coloring book featuring happy pets in festive settings.
Banish holiday stress from your mind as you focus on the sweet expressions of these beloved creatures, ready to color with markers, colored pencils, gel pens, or watercolors. Printed on one side only of extra-thick artist paper, each design is matched with an inspiring Christmas quote. Pages are perforated to detach easily for gifting or display.

Perfect gift to give the coloring lover on your holiday list.  I am giving the 
to my granddaughter on Thanksgiving Day. 
Perfect way to start the holiday season.

This is a perfect gift for the animal lover on your holiday list. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Santa's Kitty Helpers - Holiday Coloring Book

If you love cats and you love Christmas, get ready for hours of relaxing creativity!
The expressive-eyed furry friends depicted in the artistry of acclaimed illustrator Kayomi Harai have a wonderful way of capturing hearts. Now her delightful felines are even melting Santa's heart in this adorable Christmas coloring book.
Kayomi presents dozens of festive yuletide kitties, ready to color with markers, colored pencils, watercolors, or gel pens. (Readers will recognize these same black & white coloring pages from Kayomi's higher-priced Santa's Furry Helpers Holiday Coloring Book.) Each design is printed on one side only of archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper. Each perforated page detaches easily for gifting or display.

I plan to give Santa's Kitty Helpers - Holiday Coloring Book to my granddaughter as a gift for Thanksgiving.  
A perfect way to start the holiday season.
Perfect gift for the coloring lover on your holiday list.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sphynx - Portable Razor

Sphynx is changing how we think about razors.  I can not tell you how many times I have been out and thought "Oh My Gosh" when I was shaving my legs, I missed a spot.

With Sphynx  my problem of missing a area while shaving 
is GONE!!
Sphynx is not meant to replace your home razor. Sphynx is a system meant for touch-ups and when you are on the run.

Sphynx is a 3 in One Razor System
Shave Bar

Perfect to keep in my purse, car, and camper. 

Small enough to fit in your makeup case.
 Fill with water
The Shave bar is designed not to melt in your car or under the sun, it does not fell sticky and doubles as a aftershave moisturizer when you are done. The shave bar is packed with shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter, so it doubles as a moisturizer. No need to rinse after shaving - you can rub in the shave bar to moisture your leg.
Sphynx uses single-blade razors so that there is no tapping to remove hair. Single blade makes clean up fast and easy.

Never have to buy the case again - you just order refills for razors and shave bar. 
Click HERE to order:


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Gentleman in Mosow

More than 750,000 readers have fallen in love with the New York Times bestseller A Gentleman in Moscow

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post
“‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.” —TheSkimm

“Irresistible . . . [an] elegant period piece . . . as lavishly filigreed as a FabergĂ© egg.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

“And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” —The San Francisco Chronicle


A Gentleman in Moscow is an excellent read.  I found myself captivated by the Metropol and all of the activities that took place inside the walls.  Excellent!!!! Excellent!!! Read!!!!  

Saturday, October 21, 2017

BullyMake Box

If you have a POWER CHEWER 
BullyMake Box is for you.

BullyMake Box ~ Diesel is a POWER CHEWER. He can shred a regular dog toy faster than I can get the packaging into the garbage can.
 14 day longevity guarantee!
The BullyMake Box is a monthly subscription box dedicated to power chewers.  
Each box contains approx. 5 - 6 toys and treats.  
You can sign up monthly/quarterly/half year or yearly. The more months you sign up the lower the box cost.


MouthWatchers is a totally new form of toothbrush. You will be amazed at how your teeth feel after just one brushing. 

The Antimicrobial bristles are infused with silver technology that eliminates 99% of bacteria that grows on bristles between use.  The Floating bristles are a dual layered structure which provide a better cleaning. The 1 micrometer thin tips of the bristles are great for reaching deep into the grooves - getting out difficult food particles that are stuck between your teeth.
After just one use of the WouthWatcher Toothbrush my teeth feel amazing! 
Right away when you use the toothbrush you will know that it is a totally new concept. The bristles feel like no other toothbrush on the market. You will be totally amazed at how clean and fresh your teeth feel.
The Mouth Watchers Manual Toothbrush offers a breakthrough in oral care by providing the optimal cleaning experience. The revolutionary antimicrobial* dual layer flossing bristles, reach into areas untouched by prior toothbrushes, leaving teeth and gums feeling just as clean as after a professional dental cleaning.
  • Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria that builds up on bristles in 6 hours due to our proprietary silver bristle technology.*
  • Revolutionary Flossing Bristles™ - long, soft bristles with 1 micrometer diameter tips reach areas missed by other toothbrushes. Our bristles reach deep into teeth grooves and the periodontal pockets (area between tooth and gum) for superior cleaning, while harder inner bristles ensure complete cleaning of the outer surfaces and massage the gums.
  • Comfort grip handle
  • High quality construction
  • PBT Bristle material outlasts traditional nylon used in competitive brushes
The travel MouthWatchers are perfect for easy tooth care while traveling. The attached case is perfect to ensure my brush stays clean.   
MouthWatchers are available at stores near you 
to Find a Store in your area.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, this historical epic—a twelfth-century tale of the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral—stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity

I love to read and I can not begin to determine how many books I have read in my lifetime.

The Pillars of the Earth I think is probably the best book I have ever read.

Ken Follett did an excellent job of taking me into each word.  I walked the streets - saw the castles and witnessed the wars. Never in a million years would I think cathedrals and monks would fascinate me and keep me wanting more ~ Ken Follett made me want more.  While reading The Pillars of the Earth the book was ALWAYS in my mind. I thought about it all the time. I did not want to stop reading. I would wake up in the middle of the night just to read a few more words.

I give this book 500 STARS!!!!  EXCELLENT READ!!!  Now to start on Book II of the Kingsbridge Series.  
I want to thank my friend Sue for recommending the book. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Full Service Blonde by Megan Edwards

A working girl is found dead in the desert. Can a calendar girl uncover the truth? 

In this prequel to GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA, it’s Christmastime in Sin City. Aspiring journalist Copper Black meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. She’s offered Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get a byline, but she can also impress her boyfriend and parents when they arrive for the holidays.

Copper is busy with work, Christmas shopping, and fantasizing about a whole week with her long-distance boyfriend. She’s also helping her brother, a civic-minded pastor who is spearheading plans for a new center to serve the homeless. Things are hectic but under control when shocking news breaks. Victoria McKimber has turned up dead.

As she investigates the violent death, Copper evades enemies, juggles boyfriend, work, and family, and races against time to save her brother from a sinister plot. Unless she can expose the truth about Victoria McKimber, somebody just might get away with murder.

If you like a murder mystery this is a great read. The author did an excellent job making me want MORE!
A must have for the reader on your holiday list!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Proggy Menagerie by Hayley Smith

Learn the basics of the Proggy technique with step-by-step photo guides, then set your creativity free with the easy-to-follow patterns. In Proggy Menagerie, designer and author Hayley Smith provides a collection of adorable three-dimensional rag-rug projects that can be adapted for use as children’s toys, pet toys, or home accessories. The technique is easy to master―simply cut your fabric into strips and push it through the holes in some Hessian backing―and has been a traditional way of creating mats for centuries. This technique, known as “progging” in northeast England, is familiar the world over. Proggy Menagerie puts a refreshing modern twist on the technique, moving it beyond the usual two-dimensional rug format, with instructions for making twenty fun and funky three-dimensional stuffed animals. With a few adaptations to the backing, filling, and eye materials, the projects can be safely used as soft toys for children, chew toys for pets, or be used as doorstops and draft blockers around your home. 

Designs include.................

Woodland creatures

Farmyard favorites

Perfect pets
Feathered friends
Water babies

As many of you know I am a crafter. I am always trying a new projects.  With being a crafter/sewer I have tons of scraps that I plan to use one day.  Proggy Menagerie is a excellent book to help me make use of my scrapes.  I am super excited to get started on making the LAMB.  Very fitting considering my last name is LAMB,  I want to make it for my granddaughter - I am positive she will love it. 

HALEY SMITH creates all the products, designs, and patterns for her successful craft business, CRAFT YOURSELF SILLY. Her Proggy Kits, supplies, and tools are stocked by retailers throughout the United States. Haley lives by the sea in northeast England. 

If you do not have lots of scrapes - you can purchase Proggy Kits at JoAnn Fabrics. I would definitely check your local craft store ~ they may also sell Proggy Kits and supplies.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NEW VIEWS by Alastair Bonnett

A unique and beautiful collection of fifty maps in which our physical, political and cultural world is visualised, measured and mapped like never before. 

From charting energy networks to revealing new and emerging lands, measuring human migration to assessing the planet’s ant populations – and including the phenomena we have little control over such as lightning strikes or asteroid impact – each map asks you to question, wonder and look again at our rapidly changing and often surprising world. 

Divided into three thematic sections: Land, Air and Sea; Human and Animal, and Globalisation, New Views offers a fresh and truly global portrait of our intricately fascinating planet.

I was very impressed with this book and so was my 14 year old granddaughter. In fact she asked if she could please take the book to school with her on Monday. The book offers meaningful topics that are of concern. We were amazing at the topics and the facts. 
Air Pollution 
Solar Energy 
Fertility Rate 
Fast Food Franchises 
Precipitation Change 
Sea Level Variations and so much more

This is a excellent book for all ages. I plan to keep the book as a coffee table book. It is a great conversation starter.

This is definitely a great gift for the holidays for anyone on your holiday list. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Legacy Letters by Carew Papritz

An Award Winning Timeless and Inspirational Love Story about Life.

Rediscovered private letters from a dying father to his children--and his wife--uncover a passionate and powerful guidebook to life.

The letters reveal to us the stories, memories, and music of the father, which ultimately becomes the practical, moral, and spiritual gift and guidebook for his children he'd never live to see, and for his wife, his redemptive story of love.

By combining the best elements of such inspirational books as Tuesdays with MorrieThe Last Lecture, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, author Carew Papritz, has created an intense and thought-provoking book, filled with  life instructions that The Huffington Post calls: "A Must-Read Book of Wisdom for Life... exquisite, intimate, passionate, humorous and genuine..."

Who Reads This "Everybody Book?"  Romantic and pragmatic, old-fashioned and new-fashioned, life- questioning and life-altering, The Legacy Letters is an "everybody book."  It appeals to new parents and parents-to-be for its detailed life instructions.  Parents are reading it to and with their children.  Teenagers are rediscovering timeless values and ideas still relevant for a new time.   Grandparents read it for the nostalgia of an earlier time and to read to their grandchildren.  

The Legacy Letters Makes Publishing History-- The Legacy Letters and its author, Carew Papritz, recently achieved publishing history by becoming the first book ever to win awards as both a nonfiction book and a fiction book!  Because of its universal appeal, The Legacy Letters is a wonderful book for almost anyone in your life,--a true "everybody" gift book that is universal gift for all.

The Legacy Letters makes The Perfect Gift for All Life Occasions:

Needing gift ideas for birthdays?  Trying to track down that perfect holiday gift?  Look no further.  The Legacy Letters has something for everyone.

Perfect Gift for Mom--As the winner of the Mom's Choice award, The Legacy Letters makes a perfect gift for mom on her birthday or even as a Mothers Day gift. It truly is a love story about life.

Great Gift for Dad-- For that someone who probably has everything--it's a great gift for dad--as a Fathers Day gift, for his birthday, or anytime.  He'll love the down to earth cowboy wisdom mixed with inspirational words of what it means to leave behind a legacy for his own children. 

Perfect Book for Expecting Parents--The Legacy Letters was written as life guide from a father to children, which makes it an inspiring gift for expecting parents or as the perfect gift for new parents and their newborn!

Graduation Gift Book--The Legacy Letters is great for someone who's starting out in life and needs a little advice to help them on their way! Whether graduating from high school or college, have your graduate read the letter, "When You're Eighteen, Don't Read This!"

A Memorable Gift for Grandparents. Grandparents who enjoy a stroll down memory lane and also want to share an old-fashioned, back to basics book with their grandchildren will find The Legacy Lettersa gift that gives both ways. 

Gift ideas for Christmas? The Legacy Letters makes a wonderful holiday gift and stocking stuffer.  It's a small and beautiful book that's filled with words of wisdom and inspiring quotes about life, love, and everything inbetween. 

Book Lover Ideas? Running out of books to give your favorite book lover? Just read what the Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, Grady Harp, wrote about The Legacy Letters: "Books of this nature and this quality are rare, Keep it in your library and share it with everyone you love."

If your search for life's meaning encompasses inspirational books or spiritual booksmotivational books, or self-help books, then look no further.  The Legacy Letters has life lessons to live by for every age and generation, a timeless book that reviewers have called, "A nightstand essential."

This is a excellent book ~ it will bring tears to your eye in joy and sorrow.  A perfect holiday gift for the book reader on your list.