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Classic Hardware: A New Vintage Jewelry

ClassicReviewWhen I came across Classic Hardware, I was immediately drawn in.  Though not all of it is ‘my style’, there was something about it that called to me.  Repeatedly I went back and browsed their selection, trying to figure out what drew me there.  Their site is designed very well, but it wasn’t just that.  I love the classic style and the vibe it gives off.

They have many pieces that I am fascinated by, that make me smile when I look at them.  Of course, with 17 amazing artists, there are bound to be all sorts of pieces that you’ll love too!  As a matter of fact, I went back to find the name of the designer for the pieces I received and got distracted.  I know I lost at LEAST a half hour checking out the new stuff and re-doing my wish list from their site.  LOL.

The owner of the company, and one of the designers, is Karyn Cantor.  Checking out her site and seeing the amazing artists she has gathered will give you a deeper appreciation for her artistic eye!

The artist who designed the above images is named Melissa Conteras.  She has some great animal pieces, and the proceeds to the particular collection I got go partially to conserve animal wildlife.  I thought that was really cool.  😀  Though we all know I love monkeys, the elephant in this design stands out to me for some reason.  She is beautiful, as are all the animals.  I also love the zebra, as for whatever reason it too seems to call my name.

Both of the above images are from the Endangered Species Collection.  If you have a love for animals, you’ll find lots of pieces you have to have!  Personally, I don’t buy animal skinned or anything that looks like it just because I don’t want to support even the idea that it’s okay, but the pieces in this collection let me show my love for animals without any implication or representation of harming animals.  I think that’s one of the reasons I love this particular collection so much!

The sponsor asked me to point out a site that they support, Born Free USA and I am putting them on my list to support now!  Don’t let the name fool ya, they support causes all over the world.  I’m particularly pleased that they have a section of Canadian Projects, among other things.  I have a very dear friend who is Canadian (as well as a great aunt that lives there now) and my friend has given me a love for her country through her shear passion for it!  😀  (You can check her out at Journeys of the Zoo)  Moving on though…  LOL.  Born Free USA supports some great ways you can help out wildlife, as we all know not all of society is remembering that these beautiful creatures are an invaluable source of so much goodness to the world!  Jump over and check them out, perhaps you’ll add them to your list as well!

Getting back to my review, there was really only one thing that I wasn’t quite pleased with.  The bracelet is an 8 inch bracelet but due to the design of the pendants, it fits wrists a little smaller than 8 inches.  I easily solved that problem with a trip to Hobby Lobby by purchasing a link to add onto the end.  It doesn’t take away from the design and now it fits comfortably.  Problem solved!

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Originally posted 2013-09-24 09:30:01.

Solar System Bracelet: 2017 Glimmering Gift Guide

If you or some you love is crazy over the Solar Eclipse or loves the solar system, check out this post and find the best hand crafted gift for yourself or someone you love!Solar System Bracelet By The Apollo Box

A total solar eclipse comes does not come around very often. August 2017 felt it was a huge deal! When it came around, so many people were so excited and in utter amazement whenever the eclipse went through. Unfortunately I missed it but my husband was able to see it and he said it was the most beautiful think that he is ever seen.  He talked about it for hours and I could see the sheer joy in his eyes as he told me about it. For me, that’s OK, because nothing will ever top my baby girl, therefore I’ve already seen the most amazing, beautiful thing ever.

If you saw it and were in awe or had something special occur in your life, than you are going to love this bracelet from the Apollo Box! The Solar System bracelet is handcrafted with unique gemstone planets and gold stars and works as a stunning accent piece to any outfit! I love that it has so many different colors and that it can be worn with casual outfits or even dressy clothes. The Apollo has so many awesome products I can’t even begin to tell you man seen my review previously about the Apollo Gift Boxes, I still have my Marimo Aquarium and I look at them all the

time. I don’t know if they’re growing but with the rate that they grow per year, I probably won’t be able to tell for about 10 years or so. But I digress, this isn’t about my amazing mod Marimo balls, this is about the new amazing Solar System Bracelet ….

Their response of those that I knew that saw it was so interesting and I’m very curious to know what others saw and felt when they saw The eclipse go by especially those who were in the “” ideal places I feel like in life we have a tendency to stop paying attention to things around us we lose sight of the beauty in the little, everyday things because we’re blinded by the normalcy of it all. So today, I’m issuing a challenge I challenge you to notice and find the beauty in something ridiculously small that you see every day. Not the things that you always see beauty in but the things that you haven’t seen beauty and sense perhaps you were a young child such as a blade of grass or falling leaf.  For me, this bracelet stands as a reminder to not only notice the beauty in the big things but to stand in awe of the beauty of the small things that we come across every single day.

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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)

 

Most Uniquely Awesome Valentine’s Gifts Ever! @theApollobox

When I came across The Apollo Box’s website, time paused for me a moment and I got lost.  Somehow, when I came back it had been a couple of hours!  They have some of the most awesome and unique products!  Some of which I had seen other forms of, others that I had never heard of at all.  Regardless of who you are shopping for or what the occasion, you can find it with them!  You’ll even find some amazingly cool decor for just about any room design!  I have got a ‘Gotta Have’ List of decor for more than one room in my house, solely full of Apollo products!

Another cool thing about Apollo?  They partner with individuals to bring YOUR creation to their customers!  How awesome is that!?!  You all know by now that I LOVE small businesses and I am loving that The Apollo Box seems to share that sentiment!

I’ve put together some photos of their fabulous Valentine’s Gift Boxes to give you a little taste, soon I will add my personal review to this post as well.  Of course, you could always just pick your favorite products and build a more personalized gift, but as one who loves surprises, I’d say get a box and random surprises!  I’d love for you to check them out and let me know what product you were most in awe of!  Bonus kudos if you have a great reason that you love it!

Currently, if you order an Apollo Box, you receive an Augmented Reality Valentine’s Card for FREE!!!!

Unique & Awesome Gifts: Apollo Gift Box for Her: Beauty


 Gift Box For Her: Beauty

($50 to purchase, includes everything listed below)

Swarovski Lollipops ($22 ARV)

Super adorable and I love the touch of the accent ‘jewel’ on the end of the lollipops!  If the showmanship is in the details, then they have got it top notch!

Bath Bomb ($15.99 ARV)

Smells absolutely fabulous!  I haven’t tried it in the bath yet, but I know it’s going to be wonderful!

Jelly Lipstick ($22 ARV)

Let me just say, I love this Lipstick!  The color changes slightly with the temperature and it has a great staying power!  Not to mention, the flower and gold flakes in side are gorgeous!

Valentine AR card ($15.50 ARV)

Pictured on the end, I just love this card!  Pictured on the end, the top image is what it looks like at a glance, the bottom is underneath a light!  Not only is that really cool, it’s also just the sentiment my husband has been saying for years!  Yeah, sometimes he’s a sweetie!

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Hummingbird Food Recipe Sponsored by Perky Pet Feeders

Hummingbird Feeder & Hummingbird Food RecipeIf you were able to catch my review of the Squirrel Proof Feeder, then you already know all about why I love watching the birds.  So many wonderful memories of sitting on my Granny’s lap and watching them come and eat, play and even nest!  I love thinking about those times and seeing the birds come to my feeders brings a smile to my heart every time.  Though cardinals were my Granny’s favorite, on occasion we had a hummingbird or two visit.  Hummingbirds were special because they didn’t come often and they brought new colors to her front yard.  Her house was way out in the country so there were no other feeders close to bring more.

Not too long ago, I purchased a recipe box at an estate sale.  It was packed full of recipes and a beautiful vintage box circa 1960’s I think.  It was filled with magazine recipe cutouts, recipe cards from a bank that no longer exists in our area and (my favorite) handwritten recipes.  One of those handwritten recipes was one for Hummingbird food.  So, when I received the Perky-Pet Red Hobnail Vintage Hummingbird feeder I was understandably stoked for so many reasons!  Of course, I had to share it all with you!

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Quick Birdseed Guide with Squirrel Proof Perky Pet Feeders

quick-bird-seed-guide-with-perky-petTo write this review, I have moved from my normal place of working on my site to the backyard. It seemed so very fitting to sit where I can watch the birds come to my bird feeder while I write. When I was a little girl, my Great-Granny would baby-sit me while my parents were at work and I would frequently stay the night. I remember my Great-Grandpa would get up super early and make homemade Sourdough biscuits and my Granny would get up and make me her Homemade Chocolate Gravy. Nothing in my life since has been as good as those breakfasts were. We’d sit around the table together, hold hands and pray before eating the magnificent breakfast. They’d cook eggs and sausage too, but the biscuits and chocolate gravy was what I was excited about.

After breakfast, Grandpa would go out to take care of the cattle and Granny and I would clean up, then go into the living room. She had a huge bay window in her living room that overlooked the front porch, yard and beyond you could see the stream by the mailboxes along with the road and part of the field. Granny had a rocking chair and I would sit in her lap with the creaking sound as we rocked back and forth and watched the birds out the window. Her favorite birds were the cardinals, she would point out each different kind of bird and we’d talk about the colors and what they were doing. These are among my favorite memories. As I grew older and bigger, she would always rock me and tell me about the birds.

As an adult, I’ve always wanted to get a bird feeder and sit on my back porch and watch them come to eat. We haven’t had many pretty birds, mostly just the grey ones. When I got the fabulous bird feeder from Perky Pet, I was super excited. I immediately went out and got some bird food and put it up. For the first few days, we didn’t have many but they slowly started coming in. Yesterday, I was in awe as I had not one but THREE cardinals come to feed. I love the red bird feeder as it reminds me of my times on Granny’s lap out on the farm where I grew up. It’s also awesome as it has a guard so that if squirrels try to steal the bird seed, they can’t get to it! (Not that our Great Dane would allow them to if she had the chance to stop it! LOL)
I have to admit, watching the squirrels try with no success at getting the food out of the feeder is amusing.  I love that it holds so much as I don’t have to refill it very often!  I received the Perky-Pet Squirrel-Be-Gone II Country Style feeder for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  My opinions are my own.  I love my feeder!  I have yet to come up with any complaints.  It comes with the necessary stuff to mount it to a pole, but I chose to hang it in my tree.

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Quick Bird Seed Guide

  • Dried Corn: You can toss this on the ground to distract the squirrels and rabbits from your bird feeder!
  • Thistle seed is great for gold finches, purple finches and house finches.
    Black oil sunflower seeds will bring in blue jays, buntings, finches, woodpeckers, chickadees and my beloved cardinals.
  • Blends of fruits, nuts, seed and grain attracts cardinals, finches, nuthatches, and chickadees.
    Fruit and nut mixes are loved by woodpeckers, cardinals, nuthatches, chickadees, and finches also.
    A balance mix containing safflower is a hit with cardinals and other song birds!

You can win this or one of 4 other beautiful bird feeders in our 2016 Epic Holiday Gift Guide Spectacular!

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