Love With Food Box : February

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There may be snow on the ground and frost on your windows , but down by the bayou it’s time to party! So break out your beads with this bright red box and warm up with a tasty trip to The Big Easy. Extravagant? Who dat?

Lemon Wafer Bites by Dolcetto
With a rich, creamy center wrapped inside a crispy wafer, these are sure to do a little voodoo to you know who.

I wasn’t sure if these were going to have too strong of a sour lemon taste but they were actually just right and I enjoyed them.

Traditional Hot Chocolate by Monbana
Created by French Master chocolatiers using 32% chocolate, one sip and you’ll float away to the French Quarter.

As of writing, the only thing I haven’t tried yet

Olive Oil Potato Chips by Boulder Canyon
Pure potato chip satisfaction with no cholesterol, trans fats or msg! Cooked in small batches in 100% olive oil, meet your new kettle cooked addiction.

Loved these! Tasty and no cholesterol, sign me up.

Baked Mac N’ Cheese Puffs by Snikiddy
Hush puppy… Corn and rice puffs doused with cheddar cheese and kissed with buttermilk make frying so old school.

I love Mac N Cheese and I wasn’t sure what to think of these at first – then I tried them. Love them!

Milk Chocolate Mini Pieces by Divine Chocolate
Produced by the only fairtrade chocolate company owned by cocoa farmers, this is big, but it ain’t easy! There’s more than meets the eye with this delight.

I’ve never met a chocolate piece I didn’t like. ūüėČ

Original Creole Seasoning by Tony Chachere’s
From crawdads to gumbo, this msg-free Creole seasoning turns every mouthful into a party for your palate.

Protein+ Almond Honey Bar by Rise Bar
Only 3 ingredients? That’s nuts! No really, it’s almonds, honey and whey protein isolate. Talk about our kind of bar scene.

I really like almonds and honey so it was no surprise that I liked this bar.

Toffee Crunch Trufflecremes by Dilettante
Laissez les bons temps rouler! A combination of butter toffee with almonds enrobed in fine milk chocolate, who wouldn’t roll with these?

As I said before – I never met a piece of chocolate I didn’t like.

 

 

Book Review: Abigail and the Tropical Island Adventure

abigailAbigail and the Tropical Island Adventure is a book about Abigail, a girl who is at home on a rainy day.  She remembers that she has a magic bicycle and uses it to go to an archipelago.  There she meets Lelei, learns about pearls and starfish and helps them have a party. When Abigail returns home Рin her hula dress Рher mom thinks that she has quite the imagination.  But if this was all in her imagination Рhow did she end up back at home in her dress?

I thought this was an adorable book and a great way to teach your kids. ¬†I was surprised to see a word like “archipelago” included in the text – but teaching your child what it means could be a great learning experience. ¬†The book had lots of vibrant photos and was a lot of fun to read.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

NEW book by international best selling children author Tali Carmi

Want your kids to be familiar with exotic locations?
Want them to meet cultures and widen their horizons?
This is a wonderful book about a girl named Abigail, that goes on adventures around the world using her magical bicycle.
Who will she meet there? What will she discover?
This beginner reader’s eBook will inspire your kids to be open to new cultures, and be more curious and enthusiastic about exploring various places.
Your kids will enjoy full-color illustrations of Abigail and the tropical island.
Your kids will be inspired to be:

  • Open to new people & cultures
    More curious
    Enthusiastic about exploring new things

Abigail and the Tropical Island Adventure¬†is a sweet children’s book written especially for you and your ages 2- 8 children.
With simple text and 16 colorful illustrations.
The story is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers.

Music Monday: Fall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho

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Irresistible
American Beauty / American Psycho
Centuries
The Kids Aren’t Alright
Uma Thurman
Jet Pack Blues
Novocaine
Fourth of July
Favorite Record
Immortals
Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel in NYC)

Fall Out Boy is not a band I typically listen to, outside of singles on the radio, but I figured since they had a new album come out I would check it out.¬† I made myself a massive playlist of 5 songs to review on a recent road trip to help pass the time (and to make sure I’d have no need to scan through radio to find new stations in every state!)¬† I have to say that the start of this CD really made me perk up and kept me hyped for the drive (even in the pouring rain)

I think that my favorite song on the CD is “Uma Thurman” and probably because it samples the theme song from The Munsters!

Overall I liked the CD and it’s definitely in the running for the new driving home late from a concert playlist that I’m working on!

Product Review: Film Stickers for Fuji Mini

Black Friday there was a sale on Fuji Instax cameras and I just *had* to have one.  I thought it would be great for taking photos of my mascot Zac while on vacation in Cancun.  Unfortunately, I had some trouble with the lighting outside but I did end up getting some great shots from the inside.  The only downside?  The set of film that I bought (airmail) made all the photo borders look exactly the same.  As a scrapbooker, I knew that I needed to find something that would make the photos more unique and fun to use on scrapbook pages.

Then I found out about Instax Film Frame Stickers @Sticky Shoot. ¬†The package came with 80 colorfully designed stickers that I could use to shake up the look of my instax photos. ¬†The extra sticker in the middle where the photo is works great on the back of the photo as a label where I can write when and where the photos were taken! Just peel and stick and you are good to go. ¬†(I did notice that some of the stickers had what looked like tape attached to them in various areas, but it peeled up without a problem did didn’t ruin the look of the photo or sticker)

The True Benefits and Features Of Sticky Shoot Frame Stickers
–¬†80 Different designs
– Stickers perfectly fit for your Instx photo Film
– Colored, well designed and fun decoration for your Instax photos
– Much cheaper price than of pre-designed Instax Films
– One-day shipping
– Easy to use, only three step appliance function (instruction is added in the box)
– Extraordinary and fun accessory for picture decoration
– Can be used for occasional notes and messages
– Approved by Instax photographers

If you have an Instax camera and are looking for a way to make your photos even MORE fun – I can’t recommend Sticky Shoot Frame Stickers enough!

I received a free product in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

Book Review: The Essential WP Kinsella

WPThe Essential W.P. Kinsella is made up of 27 stories in celebration of the 80th birthday of author W.P. Kinsella. There are several sports stories in the book Рfrom the miracle of Istanbul to the Old Trafford brawl Рas well as several others.  W.P. inspired the movie Field of Dreams!

There is a lot of great short works in this book and I enjoyed reading it and enjoyed W.P’s writing style. ¬†I didn’t realize that W.P. had stopped writing for a while – he was struck by a car in 1997 and had brain damage and didn’t end up writing again until 2011!

If you like to read about sports I am sure that you will enjoy this book of works. And there’s some non-sports related stories in there too for everyone else ūüėČ

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

This career retrospective celebrates the 80th birthday of baseball’s greatest scribe, W. P. Kinsella (Shoeless Joe), as well as the 25th anniversary of Field of Dreams, the film that he inspired.

In addition to his classic baseball tales, W. P. Kinsella is also a critically-acclaimed short fiction writer. His satiric wit has been celebrated with numerous honors, including the Order of British Columbia.

Here are his notorious First Nation narratives of indigenous Canadians, and a literary homage to J. D. Salinger. Alongside the “real” story of the 1951 Giants and the afterlife of Roberto Clemente, are the legends of a pirated radio station and a hockey game rigged by tribal magic.

Eclectic, dark, and comedic by turns, The Essential W. P. Kinsella is a living tribute to an extraordinary raconteur.

Book Review: Around The World in 50 Years

aroundtheworldAs someone who loves to travel, I was thrilled to get the chance to read Around the World in 50 years. It is about Al who decided to try and visit EVERY country. The book is made up of 30 chapters and chronicles 72 journeys over the course of 50 years.  The stories include adventure, unpredictable animals, a friend named God and some unusual food (dog and monkey brains?).

At first Al wanted to be the first to travel in a longitudinal direction around the world but then decided he would try to visit every country. Which made him ask – just how many countries ARE there? ¬†Plus with the changes in countries through the years he had to do a few “revisits” of sorts. ¬†He is far more dedicated to this traveling than I am – a lot of these countries I wouldn’t want to visit no matter the circumstances.

I particularly liked the story he told about how he bought some Times Square shirts to give away and trade with. People seemed to like them – but some wanted his hat, a Mets hat. He refused to give it up!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

This is the inspiring story of an ordinary guy who achieved two great goals that others had told him were impossible — first by setting a record for the longest automobile journey ever made around the world — in the course of which he blasted his way out of minefields, survived a breakdown atop the Peak of Death, came within seconds of being lynched in Pakistan, and lost three of the five men who started with him, two to disease, one to the Vietcong.

After that — although it took him 47 more years ‚Äď Albert Podell set another record by going to every country on Earth. He achieved this by surviving riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy child soldiers, voodoo priests, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt cops, and Cape buffalo. He went around, under, or through every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that Nature threw at him. He ate everything from old camel meat and rats to dung beetle and the brain of a live monkey. And he overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, giant leeches, flying crabs — and several beautiful girlfriends who insisted that he stop this nonsense and marry them.„ÄÄ„ÄÄAlbert Podell‚Äôs Around the World in 50 Years is a remarkable and meaningful tale of quiet courage, dogged persistence, undying determination, and an uncanny ability to extricate himself from one perilous situation after another — and return with some of the most memorable, frightening, and„ÄÄhilarious adventure stories you have ever read.

Book Review: The List

thelistThe List is about Phoebe. Her boyfriend cheated on her but she still seems to be hung up on him, even though that all happened a year ago. ¬†She decides that she is going to make a new years resolution and stick with it – making a list of 12 things she’d like to do to try and improve her sex life. ¬†At the advice of her therapist she is keeping a diary – and that is what the book is – reading Phoebe’s diary from the year.

Now that there is a list Рof 12 things to do and 5 things she would never do, she needs to decide what men to have help her out. First she thinks about her coworker Рbut he turns out to be a prick and her and her best friend decide he would probably tell the whole office about what happened.  Next up is her friend Paul, but it turns out that he is gay Рso he is out. (literally?) The last resort is her best friend of 17 years РOliver.  Her best friend Lucy worries that this may mess with their friendship but she decides to ask him and he agrees.

In addition to working through the list they are both seeing other people – but of course it seems like each other is becoming jealous when they go out on dates with other people. It seems like the two of them are going to end up together – until Phoebe’s ex turns back up again and she TAKES HIM BACK!

There is another slight twist as well that I didn’t see coming, but maybe I should have. ¬†The book ends after a year of Phoebe trying to change her life – and that she did.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

The List is the hilarious debut novel from Scottish comedienne Joanna Bolouri. Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn’t feel fabulous. It’s been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and wine-fueled nights of relationship analysis with her best friend Lucy have done nothing to improve her dating situation.

Faced with another year without love, Phoebe confronts her fears and decides to forgo romantic love altogether. She comes up with THE LIST: ten things she’s always wanted to do in bed but has never had the courage to try. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? In a chaotic, embarassing, exhilarating, and ultimately transformational year of self-discovery, Phoebe finds surprises, friendship, confidence, and even love, through good and bad sex.

Book Review: Wicked Women

wickedwomenWicked Women is the story of the Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West. ¬†I’m not sure what it is that draws me to these type of books, but I just love reading about some bad ass ladies from history. ¬†There are 28 ladies featured in this book from “The Deadly Paramour” to “The Hungarian Madam” to “The Outcast’s Friend” and everything in between.

Each chapter starts with the woman’s name, her nickname and then a quote about them. Photos are also included. Each chapter is only about 10 pages so it has to pack a lot of information in on each of the ladies.

One of the stories was about Julia Bulette Рwho was murdered but the scene was set in such a way that it looked like she was sleeping. No one was sure who had killed her, until a woman who had bought some silk that may have been stolen from Julia turned up.  After checking with who sold Julia the silk they identified it as hers and Mrs Cazentre who now was in ownership of the silk was able to ID the guy who had sold it to her. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to be hanged. So many people showed up to watch it was hard for them to get the carriage down the street!

It seemed like a lot of these ladies got wrapped up in gambling in the old west.

A lot of fascinating stories from the old west!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West‚Äôs most egregiously badly behaved female outlaws, gamblers, soiled doves, and other wicked women by award-winning Western history author Chris Enss offers a glimpse into Western Women‚Äôs experience that’s less sunbonnets and more six-shooters. During the late nineteenth century, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boom towns, women of easy virtue found wicked lives west of the Mississippi when they followed fortune hunters seeking gold and land in an unsettled territory. Prostitutes and female gamblers hoped to capitalize on the vices of the intrepid pioneers. Pulling together stories of ladies caught in the acts of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, it will include famous names like Belle Starr and Big Nose Kate, as well as lesser known characters.

Chris Enss is an author, scriptwriter and comedienne who has written for television and film, and performed on cruise ships and on stage. She has worked with award-winning musicians, writers, directors, producers, and as a screenwriter for Tricor Entertainment, but her passion is for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West. Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her books. She’s written or co-written more than two dozen books for TwoDot. She lives in Grass Valley, California.

Throwback Thursday – Hanson Kiss 95.7 3/10/04

Headliner: Hanson
Opener(s): None
Cost: Free

Setlist:

Wheres The Love
Penny and Me

Recap:

Before Hanson played in Hartford that night, they were doing an event at the radio station. ¬†Try as I might, I couldn’t win my way in, so my friend and I showed up anyway in hopes we could get in. ¬†The radio station kept saying no, they wouldn’t let us all in, but in the end, they did. ¬†Hanson did 2 songs and then we got to meet them and get pics with them afterwards. ¬†Zac was more concerned with opening a box of donut holes than he was with talking to me… but whatever.

 

Unfortunately no flash was allowed at this show and my camera couldn’t handle the amount of zoom and lack of flash so they were almost all blurry. ¬†Here’s some of the better ones!

Book Review: Redo Your Room

redoyourroomRedo Your room contains 50 Bedroom DIYs you can do in a weekend. ¬†It is geared more towards young girls who are becoming teens and trying to make their room “more grown up” but a lot of the DIYs are organizational tips that can be used in bedrooms of those for all ages! ¬†There is a chart with colors and what they mean to help you decide what colors you may or may not want to paint your room. There are DIY projects for organization, study spaces, bedrooms, walls & windows, closets, vanity and everything else.

Pretty much anything related to your bedroom is covered in this book with a lot of great ideas and photos throughout. There are certainly several ideas in the book that I will consider trying out for my room.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission‚Äôs 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : ‚ÄúGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.‚ÄĚ

Book Description

In partnership with Girls’ Life Magazine, Redo Your Room offers creative ideas to girls to help them with a room makeover.

Faithgirlz! and Girls’ Life magazine team up with Redo Your Room, a fun new book girls nine to twelve (and possibly even their older sister!) will love to flip through again and again. Containing tons of fabulous room makeover ideas,Redo Your Room offers step-by-step instructions that help readers create a whole new look for their bedroom without breaking the piggy bank. Girls will be inspired by the creative, stylish, and resourceful tips as they discover their inner designer.

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