Christmas Cards at Mixbook

Thanks to Mixbook for sponsoring this post. You know I love Mixbook and am giving you my honest opinions. Before you know it, the Christmas season will be upon us and we will get countless reminders to connect with family and friends to give updates from the past year. Get a head start on the […]

Best Pencil Sharpener: Review

Don’t you just love writing with a nice, sharp pencil? I know, we’re not talking here about curing cancer or solving world hunger — but often in life, it’s the little things. And one of those little things is a pencil with a great point. How to get a pencil nicely sharpened? It can be […]

Killing Lincoln: Review

Most evenings, I watch at least portions of The O’Reilly Factor, so I hear Bill O’Reilly’s books mentioned often. I’ve read Killing Reagan and Killing Jesus, and now it was time to dig into Killing Lincoln. I cringed when I saw that the first 80 pages or so were about the Civil War — specifics […]

Sweet Creations Oodles of Fun Cupcakes

Cupcakes — is there anything more fun to create in the kitchen? They’re small, cute, and delicious. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity, thanks to Tryazon, to try out some cupcake-making tools by Sweet Creations, a division of Good Cook available at WalMart stores in the cake dec/baking aisle. I invited over several […]

Blount Organic Soups

Thanks to Blount and Tryazon for providing goodies for this post. All opinions my own. Fall will be here soon, and the perfect fall food must be soup! Warm, cozy, and tasty. Today I want to introduce you to a line of soups that may be new to you — at least, it was new […]

Baby, Baby! Board Book Review

You know I love books. You know I love children’s books. You know I love board books. So, it’s no surprise that I love Baby, Baby!, a new board book by Diane Stortz and Ailie Busby. This is the perfect “first book” for a little one, with very simple text: “Baby waves and baby wiggles. […]

The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power and Intrigue in an English Stately House

Thanks to my talented friend Melissa Smith for today’s post, which contains affiliate links. I think I’m still having Downton Abbey withdrawal. I’m missing the witty quips, the scandals, the romance, the history and of course, the stunningly aristocratic and thoroughly British country house setting. Somewhere inside this thoroughly American woman resides just a bit […]

The Haunting of Hill House: Review

I remember reading Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” during school at some point, and finding it chilling. Later, when the whole Hunger Games franchise came around, one of my first thoughts was — hey, that’s a rip-off of “The Lottery!” Anyway, I thought I’d poke around and see what else Jackson had written. One title coming […]