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Labels: compensated post , conditioner , resourceful mommy media , review , shampoo , suave. Oh I'm just so excited! It's finally here! Spring Fashionista has arrived! Lucky you! You've stumbled upon the absolute, without a doubt, largest fashion giveaway event in the entire blogosphere! And, when you think about it, everyone wears the same thing: beanies, berets, those weird ear handband things, ski masks, and ear muffs.
They still make those, right? No, thank you. When I go out in winter, I want to look like I live in a cabin 10 miles into the woods. There are only two places on my body that I like to go a little crazy with when it comes to accessories. Give me a fabulous quirky pair of shoes, and a cute random hat. YAK Apparel 's hats are handmade from natural, sustainable materials and real wool. The one tidbit of information that really jumped out at me was that YAK Apparel's products are made by women in a true cottage industry that helps support Nepali families.
I'm quite partial to Nepal visited and traveled around for a month , so even though it's not "USA Made", it's great to see that YAK Apparel supports people in developing countries. We founded Yak in , after a trip to Nepal in which we discovered talented artisans crafting beautiful, colorful wool hats by hand. When we started working with the Artisans who make our product in Kathmandu and the surrounding villages, we were struck by the sense of color and the incredible creativity everyone brought to the table.
The women who knitted our hats literally designed them on the fly — they knew exactly what colors to pick, how to combine them and how to incorporate them into the most intricate designs. Thankfully we haven't had a blizzard so I've been able to wear it out for fun, and not for its usefulness. It was just what I was looking for. I've been looking for an awesome trapper hat for about 3 years now.
The inside is lined with a soft, quilted fleece, and the ear flaps, front, and back are lined with soft multi-toned faux fur which really gives it a "real" look. The hat overall feels like quality, and I love how thick the wool outer is. I know the color description says this hat is grey, but it's definitely more of a tan. The fleece lining is grey, and the the majority of the faux fur is grey, but the wool outer is a dusty tan.
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I'm not complaining. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to go with the grey, or the beige, and last minute changed my mind to the grey. Although YAK Apparel makes hats for men, women, and children, I did find that the women's Trapper Hat was a little small, hence the "one size fits most".
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This doesn't surprise me since my mother likes to remind me of how large my head was as a child. You had such a big head! It actually fits my head perfectly, but there's no additional wiggle room which means I can't wear my hair up if I wanted to. I also think the ear flaps don't quite lay flat on the side of my head because it's just a bit small. This is just for reference, especially if you are part of the Big Head Club. The only thing I actually really didn't care for, was the strings that hang down from the ear flaps. They kind of curl, and do their own thing, and the tip is just simply knotted.
But, YAK Apparel has another version of this hat with pompoms at the end of the strings, which I think I like a little bit better. I'll definitely be sporting my hat all through the blustery wind and swirling snow, and my head will be WARM. YAK Apparel is also offering a giveaway!
When the giveaway is live you'll be able to enter [HERE]. One thing I always struggle with is finding new wines. I have a handful of my trusty old-faithfuls that I know I can go to in a pinch. However, there's nothing I like better than getting to try out something new. The only problem, is that I'm a bit indecisive with so many options, and I tend to pick a wine based on the design of the label. I'm beginning to find that while I have great success choosing my books that way, I end up disappointed more often than not when trying to choose a new wine that way.
This is exactly why I think wine clubs are so great. They already know what's good, and all you do is sit back, and let the choices get made for you, and then delivered to your doorstep. The term "club" tends to make me a bit iffy in general. In my past experience with various other clubs, the monthly fees are always what keep me away. That, and the fact that canceling usually ends up to be a bigger pain in the tuchus than it needs to be. The California Wine Club takes the guesswork out of wine shopping by "vetting" in the wines that they chose.
They're all tested and approved for the club, so you know you're getting something good. And, each bottle is guaranteed. They have a variety of options that allow you to customize your monthly selections to better suit your taste. For example, their Premier Club allows you to choose between two whites, two reds, or a red and a white. And if wine isn't something you consume too often, meaning two bottles of wine monthly is too much, you can set up your shipments to arrive every other month, or even quarterly. Now, the thing about a wine club is that you need to enjoy surprises and be up for the unknown.
When I purchase wine myself from local stores, I tend to stick with the sweeter wines. I'm usually a Moscato fan, or a good Lambrusco-esque type person. So, I was a bit timid to try these two wines out. Sauvign on Blanc: Grapefruit and herbal notes turn to melon and ripe passion fruit on the mid-palate. Aromas of honeysuckle and mango. Concentrated with green tea and citrus. Rich and complex with a tang of lemongrass. Not surprisingly, the Sauvignon Blanc was my favorite out of the two wines, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it being a little dryer than what I usually prefer.
I was prepared to mix the wine with a Sprite or 7up. I know, way to ruin the wine, right? However, I didn't have to, and in the end really loved the bottle. The fruity notes rang through loud and clear, but weren't overpowering, and were on the verge of refreshing.
Definitely a wine I would purchase again, and one I think would make for a great gift if you aren't sure whether the receiver of the gift prefers sweet or dry. Tempranillo: This wine has a bright ruby color with heavy aromas of cranberry, blackberry, cinnamon, spice and toasted oak. The flavors of dried black fruit, toasted cedar and tobacco mingle with great acidity and strong tannins to produce a long, rich finish. Only because of personal tastes, the Tempranillo was borderline line for me. It was much richer in flavor, and had less of the sweetness that I usually prefer.
Unlike the Sauvignon Blanc being in the middle, this was definitely on the dry side. The finish remained longer which I hear is a sign of a good quality wine , however it was just too "earthy" for me. Still a good wine, and after a glass or two I was well enough acclimated to it to be able to better enjoy it.
It's just not one I would purchase on my own again, and if I were to gift it I would need to make sure of the tastes of receiver. I wasn't disappointed in the choices at all. I also really enjoyed being introduced to a new winery. I just adore learning about new "mom and pop" businesses, and this one seems to be top notch.
And, the fact that The California Wine Club brings wines to many people who can't always find these wines in their local stores while giving California wineries some exposure is just fantastic bonus. I do think that outside of this review, I probably would have chosen two white wines instead of one of each from The California Wine Club which is fine, because that IS an option for club members.
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The California Wine Club also makes for a great gift idea! We all know the holidays are closing in, and let's face it, we don't always have time to run out to the stores and grab the "perfect" gift for our loved ones. However, for any wine connoisseurs this is the perfect present. You can buy 1 month all the way up to 12 months if you're feeling generous! The California Wine Club has a pretty fantastic giveaway happening right now too! Thoughts are my own. I received a 2 month Membership to the California Wine Club for the purpose of this review.
Every once in awhile I get a wild hair up my a Trust me, it doesn't happen often. But, when Gorton's offered me the chance to try out one of their frozen fish products, I was super excited. I love fish, but the rest of my family can take it our leave it and usually leave it. I was asked to pick out a product that has a calorie or less serving size. Personally, I don't really care what the calorie count is in something, but Gorton's just introduced a new product line, and they wanted to get the word out.
In addition to their new products, Gorton's is also promoting research showing that eating fish at least twice a week is also extremely healthy! Who doesn't want to be healthier? I always knew fish was high in omega-3s, but never really knew what the true health benefits are. Another intriguing area of research on omega-3 fatty acids pertains to their role in brain and visual function, as some research suggests they may have a role in preventing macular degeneration, a common form of blindness. Continuing research looks into the role of omega-3 fatty acids and the immune system, and suggests a positive influence on rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, lupus, kidney disease and cancer, as well as promising research at the National Institutes of Health on depression.
After a little deliberation over the phone with my husband about which product we should get, we decided to go with the Gorton's Skillet Crisp Tilapia in the Classic Seasonings with Lemon variety. I had already started brainstorming some meal ideas. I knew the fish was going to be a bit crispy so I wanted a side dish or two that would balance the harder outer texture of the fish. I also wanted to balance out the lighter lemon flavor of the fish with something a little less acidic for a contrasting flavor while at the same time complimenting the fish with another brighter, more aromatic flavor.
I don't usually try very often to make the aesthetics of a family meal super appealing, but since I was feeling creative maybe I should say I was feeling brave I wanted to make sure my dish wasn't all that wonderful golden brown color. You know what I'm talking about? When you have any sort of fried food paired with more fried food, and then a veggie like corn. It all looks the same and isn't super appealing.
This is what I came up with: Gorton's Skillet Crisp Tilapia Classic Seasonings , served over a bed of creamed spinach, with a side of roasted roma tomatoes. Sounds delicious, right? The best part, is that the entire meal is super easy to make! I have to say, this meal was a HUGE hit. Everyone ate the Gorton's Skillet Crisp Tilapia!
The fish was delicious, which is something I wasn't really expecting with it being frozen. The outside was crisp, and the inside was juicy. The lemon wasn't overpowering, and was seasoned perfectly. Definitely a product I would purchase again! No second guessing. I didn't have to bread it myself, and figure out how much oil to use. It was just heat and serve and tasted almost as good as fresh fillets would have.
My husband even said my meal belonged in a restaurant, he was THAT impressed with the fish, and the rest of the sides. Make sure you check out Gorton's online for more recipes and information about their new and existing products including nutritional facts. You can also find Gorton's on Facebook and Twitter. Giveaway will run for 4 days. See disclosure policy. I would borrow 6 books or more at a time from the library and power through 1 to 2 a day. Unfortunately, college burnt me out a bit because I was required to read about 4 books a week and couldn't find the time to sit down and enjoy something that I chose to read versus something I was required to read.
I did the math and realized that until recently, I went 7 years without picking up a book to read for fun. I've been eying the e-readers for awhile, dropped a few hints about Christmas and Birthday presents, but just never ended up getting one. We do have an HP Touchpad, but that monster of a tablet is quite heavy, and not really something I'd carry around just for the sake of reading a book. I did give our Touchpad a solid try when I powered through the first two books of 50 Shades of Grey no comments from the peanut gallery please. I'm the type of person who would prefer phones to just be phones and not mini computers.
I still couldn't tell you how to do anything on my smartphone except play a few games, send a text, take a picture, and make a call. I know, pathetic, right? Thankfully, the creators of NOOK seemed to read my mind, or at least guessed that I'm not the only technology deficient person out there, and made this a very easy to use product. It took quite a bit of time for it to charge, several hours at least.
Once the charging process completed, it was time to turn it on, and figure out the next step. I didn't even have to break out the instruction manual. You can even set up your NOOK account, and add a credit card right on the device or you have the option to do it online. Whatever email address you chose when setting up the device, is the email address you'll use for your account online, and how people will be able to loan you books. Honestly I was a bit wary about putting in a credit card number, but I found out that you need to have one, even if you just want to download a free book, or borrow a book from someone.
Otherwise, easy peasy, and within 10 minutes I had it all set up and ready to go. Lucky for me I have a super awesome friend who is also a book addict and has a similar taste in literature. She immediately loaned me a book so I could get started rekindling my own addiction. The first week I read through four books in four days. This past week I've already read through two and am halfway through a third. I have a short attention span, so if something takes me more than a couple of days I get bored or forget about it.
The entire lending process is pretty painless. She puts in the email address associated with my NOOK, and loans it directly from hers. I think it takes only a couple of minutes from the time she turns her device on to when the book arrives in my library ready for downloading which also only takes a matter of seconds. The display of the device is also pretty self explanatory.
It's easy to get from your library to home. You can shop for books on your NOOK when it is connected to your wifi, search, and access your settings all from a single button and a few taps on the screen with your finger. If you don't finish the book in time, or it's something you want as a permanent addition to your library, you always have the option to purchase it.
The prices I've seen so far are very reasonable. E-Ink grey-scale touch screen is very easy to read from. It really is almost like reading right out of an actual book. My eyes aren't strained, the font is a decent size, and there is no residual ink coming through from the backside of a page like you would have if it was a paper book. My kids have managed to get hold of it a few times, my cat has flung it off of my kitchen table onto the linoleum floor, and I've dropped it a couple of times in the throws of my klutziness.
I also thought the material used for the back and sides was a great choice. It's not slippery and there's enough surface area for your hands to easily grip it without getting in the way of the screen. If it was a slippery material, I can only imagine how many other times I would have dropped it. I do a lot of my reading at night and I prefer to sit in a dark room, however until I purchase a book light, that isn't an option with this particular NOOK model.
It's not a big deal, just a preference. I thought the device itself was great and easy to use, but I also like how much easier having an e-reader has made I have thousands of books now at my fingertips, and I don't have to worry about finding a place to store them when I'm finished. Perhaps the only drawback is that now I get considerably less sleep since I seem to have my nose permanently "buried" in a new book every few days. But, that's a fantastic thing!
Boy - did I miss reading.
Returning to San Francisco after a long stay in the Orient, two-fisted mercenary Gilbert De Quincey Price finds himself caught in the midst of a Tong war. Descending deep below the surface of Chinatown, he plays one side against the other in a daring attempt to break up a human trafficking ring, where slave girls are auctioned for opium. I have to admit, that with all three of these films, I had a slight difficulty getting into them. They're all nearly 50 years old, and not a generation of films that I grew up watching.
I somehow missed the 60's, 70's and 80's even though I'm relatively well versed in 40's and 50's films. However, after my initial acclamation, I really enjoyed C onfessions of an Opium Eater , probably the best out of all of the Warner Archive Horror Releases. I even recognized Vincent Price, although I'm not quite sure from where. The movie, while humorous in its old school sound and effects, had witty dialogue paired with a serious plot.
The cinematography was interesting as well, with the play of shadows, and angles. My absolute favorite character was the hilarious "little person" female character that befriended Vincent Price kept in the basement where the slave girls were kept and auctioned. My husband said this was also his favorite out of the three. A disgraced hypnotist, Professor Marcus Monserret Karloff is about to have the last laugh. Inventing a machine that can control the minds of others, he lures Mike Roscoe Ian Ogilvy to his dingy flat to take part in a grand experiment.
His maniacal wife Lacey , however, embittered by years of poverty, soon overpowers her husband and proceeds to use Mike for her own selfish gain. If you're looking to delve into a strange world of mind control, violence, jealousy, and really loud noises I had to plug my ears at one point , then The Sorcerers is the movie for you. The entire pretense of the movie was fascinating.
Melding minds to feel what another person feels and through such being able to control what they do. In theory, that's pretty cool. However, when Professor Marcus Monserret's wife goes off the deep end due to her jealousy over everything she never received in life, the movie takes a twist that I didn't expect, nor fully understand. Overpowering her husband and his control over his test subject, she destroys the hypnosis equipment and forces the test subject to go on a vengeful killing spree on her behalf.
The ending provided less closure than I personally would have liked. I like movies that have a happy ending. But, since this wasn't your typical happy-go-lucky film, the open ended finish fit in with the bizarre nature of the film. Fu Manchu, the crimelord who knows the hidden powers of the mind, is dead. But beware. Pay heed, you Nayland Smiths of the world: The forces of evil are very much alive!
Are you so foolish as to believe you can oppose the will of Fu Manchu? Murders, a mastermind, secret potions, and plot twists; all the things needed to create a truly thriller-ific film in The Face of Fu Manchu. Then throw in the action scenes and fist fights and you've got yourself a rip-roaring adventure. There are several logic gaps which tend to drive me a bit nutty when watching a movie , however the story was constantly moving, and always capturing my attention. What really captured my attention was the beginning of the film.
Watching what I thought was the execution of Fu Manchu - I went into this movie completely blind to the story line - which come to find out was a hypnotized double set up to take the fall for the still-alive Fu Manchu! Oooh, a movie with a beginning twist. As the movie progresses, the setting changes from China to London, and are then introduced to a Scotland Yard Inspector named Nigel Smith.