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Family Honor Plate: Give the Gift of a Priceless Memory

Holiday shopping for grown children with families is a beast, but the Family Honor Plate will solve that for you!  You’re welcome, you may now stop stressing about shopping!

I have heard from more than one person that shopping for people is impossible, especially once they have children and families of their own!  With a family of adult children, shopping for gifts gets more expensive and more difficult each year!  That is exactly what and why I love about the Family Honor Plate!

Even if crafts and DIY are not a thing in someone’s household, the Family Honor Plate makes it so easy that anyone could do it!  With easy to follow direction, the Family Honor Plate contains everything one needs to not only make an awesome family memory, but also an heirloom that lasts for a lifetime!  From experience, it is known that these are the things that are forever held close to our hearts.

The Family Honor Plate contains:

1 Ceramic Honor Plate

8 colors of paint

3 paint brushes

7 Discussion Starters

1 Painters Palette

1 Plate Stand

The really cool thing is, with all the correct tools in hand, not only can you make amazing memories with family but it can be baked and sealed in very easily!  The plate can actually be eaten off of so no need to have a plate collection or use it to decorate; it can be a daily reminder of the fun that was had and the values that were learned!  You won’t be sorry and neither will any recipient!

The Family Honor Plate can be found all over the place!

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DIY Simple Elegant Name Frame Gift

I made this as a gift for my little sister.  I bought an inexpensive frame (probably $3) that was matted for two 4×6 photos and got rid of the mat.  I used the insert to measure the cut for the background paper.  The letters were cut at 4″ using the Plantin School Cartridge.  I used the Serenade cartridge to cut the vases at 3″.  My sister loves pink, but I know it won’t match her room, so I used the black to mat my cuts so that it would tie into her bedroom decor (teenagers!).  Hope ya like it!!!

Originally posted 2011-03-12 06:25:00.

Ozeri Professional Series Induction Pan

Amazing Induction Pan!!!In all my years of cooking, I still have not mastered making an omelet. No idea why, I’ve watched people do it for years, even worked as a cook where I manned the flat top. Still, that skill evades me. If I say that I am making an omelet, Chief Zoo Keeper says everytime without fail “you mean you are making scrambled eggs with stuff in it.”  I put that with a period not a question mark on purpose, not one single word in that is a question when he says it. Lol.  One of the reasons I have never really practiced is that I absolutely despise having to get egg off of a dirty pan.

The Ozeri pan has killed that excuse. I love this thing! No matter what I cook, all I have to do is wipe it out and the would be stuck on food comes off, even if it been on for days! (Don’t judge, it happens! Lol)

The Ozeri Professional Series Induction Pan, I have also noticed, has become his favorite to cook with. Why is that significant you wonder? It is saying a lot because we have pans that cost well over $100 bucks each. This one is much more affordable!

Features of pan:

  • Durable aluminum core
  • Magnetized AISI steel base plate for use with rapid heat-transfer stoves
  • triple layered professional coat for non-stick perfection
  • 100% free of APEO, PFOA, NMP, and NEP
  • hardened, scratch-resistant coating
  • super easy to clean
  • heat resistant silicon coated handle

Enter to win your own and while you are waiting for your winning notification, check out this awesome Indian Omelet! It’s delicious!  (Even if mine didn’t quite look right, haha)


YouCopia Kitchen Organization


Over the stove spice cabinets are a very common occurrence and seem like a good use for space.  Unfortunately, often having all of the spices on a flat surface that you are stretching to reach tends to cause the fun little issue of missing things and buying doubles.  It can also lead to plenty of frustration as we try to find some such spice or another.  The YouCopia SpiceSteps 4 Tiere Cabinet Spice Rack Organizer can help you to more efficiently use your space and save yourself time and frustration when searching for spices with this fabulous way to help with kitchen organization!  This seems like a win win to me!  And at a fabulous price, you really can’t turn it down!

Not only does this make your cabinets more functional, it also makes them much more pleasing to the eye!  I’m pretty certain that’s a perk to feng shui and such.  I know having an organized home make me feel better, I’m almost certain they will have the same effect for you!  The beauty is that it doesn’t take much work to get it there and takes even less effort to keep it there with these.

Another product I had the pleasure of adding to my organization needs is the YouCopia StoreMore Adjustable Bakeware Rack.  I chose to use it for my Tupperware lids as they may or may not be, and this is NOT a confession, a little out of control.  I was pleased to discover that it holds my lids well and in a much more organized fashion.  My only disappointment was that it wasn’t longer as I have deep cabinets and a ton of lids.  It is sturdy and adjustable, so you could use it to hold just about anything up, pots & pan lids or even plates would work well.  As you can see by the image, was designed to help with the organization of pots and pans.

Overall, I have been pleased with the 2 samples of YouCopia products that I received.  While the two I talked of were free of charge in exchange for this review, I will be purchasing some of their other products in the future.  I feel that they are quality products and definitely helpful in making things a little more functional and pleasing to the eye.  In addition, they are priced affordably and comparable to other brands.

#Naturepedic Organic Pillow

pillows_reviewA good night’s sleep can leave one feeling better than anything else.  So many people today are complaining that they either can’t sleep, are always tired, or don’t wake feeling rested.  While the environment one sleeps in plays a huge role in that, the tools one utilizes makes an even bigger difference.  Sleeping in a position that allows one’s body to rest in a natural manner is so essential that there are literally millions of combinations one can create with thread counts, mattress types, pillows and even pajamas!  The key is finding the right combination for you!

Finding that perfect combination can take years.  One thing that I have learned in my quest for the most comfortable night’s sleep ever is that one cannot *gulp* fully depend on sales and clearance to get that combination right…  I know, that one is hard to swallow for all you deal seekers like me out there!  That isn’t to say that you can’t find great deals, just a realization that the pillows I get at Christmas sales for $3 aren’t the most effective pillows for my quest of the perfect night’s slumber!  They will, however, work just fine for the guest bedrooms and kids to sleep on.  LOL.  So, don’t despair, there is no need to put that off of your list of things that you ‘need’ to go out on Black Friday for!

I mentioned I found my perfect pillow, I know you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to get to the details so here goes!  My husband and I sleep in very different positions.  He likes his pillows to be flat so that he can sleep with his arm under the pillow.  I however like to have my pillows thick so that I can prop myself up on them as I sleep.  There is a good chance that is weird, but then if you’ve been around the Zoo long, you know I’m a pretty weird cat!  LOL.

We each got a pillow from Naturepedic that fit our sleeping habits, my husband’s first reaction to his new pillow was “Sweet, I don’t have to break it in, it’s perfect!” After a few months of using it, it is still the same as it was when we first got it.  I had feared that it would flatten more and become uncomfortable, as pillows so often do, but I was happily proven wrong!

Now on to the comfortable one…  Um…  I mean mine.  LOL.  One thing I hate about pillows is that they so quickly become smashed down (at which point I’m ready to give them to the hubby and get another!)  Surprisingly, after three months of use my pillow is just as plump as when I got it.  If you think three months isn’t en0ugh to smash a pillow, remember that I have narcolepsy so I sleep way more than one’s average 6-8 hours.  I sleep about 14-18 hours.  Lame, I know.  It is plenty of time to get a pillow broke in though!

If you are in the market for some good sleep, I highly suggest getting yourself one or two of these fabulous pillows!  You will NOT be sorry!  I assure you!

Organic Kapok/Cotton Pillow

    Luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric
    50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton
  • GOTS Certified organic
  • Spot clean only
  • Available Options:
    LS54: Standard Size (20″ x 26″)
    LQ54: Queen Size (20″ x 30″)
    LK54: King Size (20″ x 36″)

Organic Cotton/PLA Pillow

    Luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric
    100% plant based PLA fiber
  • Machine Wash & Dry (only if necessary)

Pillow Of Choice Giveaway

One lucky winner will have the choice of pillow type and size!

Good Luck!