There was once a popular song (released in 1983) performed by a new wave rock band called The Fixx called “One Thing Leads To Another”. The song lyrics are in no way related to the gift ideas recommended by way of this shopping page. The only connection is the fact that I started my perusing […]

Gifts for Him : Alexander Del Rossa Bathrobes

Just read a wonderful article published in theBERRY, talking about how Halloween trees are becoming a trend or rather are becoming a recognized part of our traditional Halloween celebrations. I blame Tim Burton! My kids loved “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. In fact, one of my daughters says that Halloween is her favorite holiday! It’s all […]

Happy Holidays! Are You Decorating Your Halloween Tree?

Love me some nachos!! Don’t know about the 7-11 convenience stores in other parts of America but our stores in Texas have make-your-own nachos. Florida gal who is a Texas transplant. Found an article published by a fellow freelance writer at Writedge.com (WE), titled “Creative Toppings for Nachos” (Ref 1). After reading the WE article, […]

Foodie Fun! Love Me Some Nachos

The Chinese Fortune Cookie. ~ How did it come to US? ~ By way of legend, history, tradition? ~ Is it Chinese or American? Whether the tradition is Chinese or American, the fact is we can all write our own fortunes AND we can make our own fortune cookies and enhance this wonderful tradition by […]

Celebrating the Chinese Fortune Cookie Tradition

Satisfying my BBC comedy addiction by watching all the seasons of “Doc Martin”. It’s a “medical dramedy series” * (a delightful comedy with drama mixed in about a medical professional). It’s all about the adventures of a GP (General Practitioner), Doctor Martin Ellingham, who provides medical care to the residents of Portwenn, a pleasant fishing village, […]

British TV Comedy : Martin Clunes is “Doc Martin”

Taking an opportunity to honor a notable woman in film history and a beloved Irish-American actress admired by many, especially me. ♦ Maureen O’Hara (1920 – 2015) In 2015, we lost Ms. Maureen O’Hara, famous American Irish-born actress. She departed this life 5 years short of becoming a centenarian. She was 95. Her career in […]

Movie Lovers : Fans of Maureen O’Hara (1920 – 2015)

There is no dispute or debate about this FACT. Paul Simon was the greatest singer / songwriter of my generation. What??!! I said “my”. :) My teenage and young adult years of life had the music of the legendary Paul Simon (at that time, known as “Simon and Garfunkel”) sewn into the hemlines. But then, […]

Gifts for Music Lovers: Paul Simon is a Singer and Songwriter Who Gets Better With Age

On May 11, 1981, singer, songwriter and reggae music legend, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, OM (Feb 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981), died of cancer in a hospital in Miami, Florida. Per his request, Mr. Marley was buried 10 days later with his red Les Gibson guitar, a Bible, and a few other items. “OM” stands […]

Gifts for Music Lovers: Reggae Music Legend Bob Marley

Tina Turner no longer does concerts or any live performances, nor does she make records any more!! Her last concert was in Austin, Texas. (I think.) The last time I saw her on the television – she was being interviewed on “60 Minutes” by Dan Rather. That was back in 2000 and for sure it […]

Gifts for Music Lovers: Tina Turner ~ Still Fine and Fabulous!

I work at home; and often feel as if I live in the Dark Ages. A typical “happy day” at my house? Wake up. On my laptop from sun up to sun down. In between, break for lunch. While chowing down, I decided to make one more attempt at trying to watch the news online […]

Philosophy : Patience and Happiness Are Not the Same

All music is magic. Perhaps that generalization depends on one’s definition of music. :) But let’s say we all agree with that statement. If so, then it’s likely we may disagree over which musical instrument (excluding the human voice) can produce the most magical sound. Listverse.com is a fun site where people publish lists of […]

Gifts for Music lovers : Wind Instruments : The Magical and Delightful Sounds of the Ocarina

Starla Michelle Halfmann is an who artist lives on a farm. There are animals on the farm and also wildlife in the forested trails and flowers galore!! What can an artist to do with all of this inspiration? Ms. Halhmann found the perfect solution. She decided to incorporate the wonders in the natural world that […]

Fashion & Style : Halfmann’s Art on Aprons

Health and honey. Most people know you can stay healthy with honey. Most people may or may not know that all honey is not the same. I didn’t. There’s honey. Then there’s More Manuka Oil From New Zealand Products that comes from bees that pollinate from the manuka tree. This honey has a powerful anti-oxidant […]

Personal Care: Manuka Honey For the Skin

  “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” – Luther Burbank (wiseoldsayings.com) ♥ ♥ ♥ I heart flowers. I heart art. Who doesn’t? Flowers uplift your spirit and can bring you joy each and every day. I heart gardens. Sadly everything you “heart” you […]

Gifts for Home or Office : Uplift Your Spirit With Lovely Blooms

Shoe shopping can be lots of fun; especially if you’re feeling that nostalgia vibe. Imagining Elvis in his blue suede shoes and thinking: “That’s what’s missing from my wardrobe!” So you set off on a hunt for some blue suede shoes for ladies. You find them! But you also find Bettie Page and Jessica Simpson. […]

Fashion & Style : Blue Suede Shoes!! Elvis Would Be Pleased!!

First, let me say I ♥ Al Pacino. OK. Got that out of the way. Now. I am all for movies that end on a positive note. When the bad guy reaps exactly what he sows, I write that off as a Happy Ending! “Scarface” (1983) is a film which tells the story of Tony […]

Movie Lovers : In the Mood for a Gangsta Flick?

Lots of cool stuff going on in the world of science fiction. Such as? Such as uuumm … adult coloring books. Yeah. I know everybody is into coloring books. But did you like the 1979 film “Alien” which starred Signourney Weaver? It’s been almost 40 years but guess what? Livescience.com recommends the ‘Alien’ Coloring Book. […]

Gifts for Sci-Fi Fans: Alien, Star Trek, War of the Worlds, Etc.

(As you begin reading, you may wonder why this page is categorized under Fashion and not Books. If you have the patience to read this, you’ll understand. :) ) A talisman is an object, especially a figure carved or cut at a time regarded as astrologically favorable. It is believed to have magical protective qualities. […]

Fashion & Style : Jewelry : Talisman or Crucifix?

What do Maitake, Shiitake, and Reishi have in common? No. They are not Asian names for baby girls. They are mushrooms. More specifically, they are medicinal mushrooms. In fact, the reishi mushroom has been called “Ling Zhi” or the “Mushroom of Immortality” Clara Myers is a friend, fellow freelance writer / blogger and my GO […]

Healthy Eating Advice : Mushrooms Are Medicine

Living in Austin, Texas is great for those who want to practice healthy eating habits, with diligent nutrition conscious folks insisting that we must all have servings of fruits and veggies daily. Yes California also has such a reputation. But if sometimes you want so badly to enjoy your favorite snack , and not feel […]

My Favorite Snack and Guilty Pleasure : Potato Chips

This nugget is a follow up to my other web page titled Is a Season Your Reason to Drink Tea? (which I was happy to publish because it gave me an excuse to suggest some chocolate tea products). Are you a tea drinker? If so, you are lucky lucky lucky! Why? Because not only are […]

Gifts For Tea Lovers : Novel, Unique and Useful for Tea Drinkers

“All the Korean historical dramas are all so beautifully made. The sceneries, makeup and costumes. Everything.” “Yes indeed! Visually stunning! A treat for the eyes. Everything! Including the hair pins! Especially the hair pins!” :) Agree or disagree? (Quotes found on Tumblr.) If you don’t agree, it’s probably because you’re never seen a Korean historical […]

Fashion & Style : Traditional Korean Hair Pins

Every year it’s the same thing. The holidays! And I love it! Same old routine. Gift shopping. Preparing big happy meals. Seeing family and friends that you haven’t seen in forever! What’s not to like? Been celebrating the Christmas holiday for over 5 decades and one time gave a gingerbread house kit to a friend. […]

Happy Holidays! All I Got For Christmas Was a Lousy Christmas Stocking! :(

Have had a foodie business page on Google Plus for about 5 years. It was created with the goal of linking back and driving traffic to my primary website which has been up and running since 2011. In May 2015 (or thereabouts), G+ decided to give Pinterest some competition by creating “collections”. Similar to Pinterest […]

Gifts for Cheese Lovers : Gourmet Food Gifts : Specialty Cheeses

It’s November 2016 and we are enjoying a lovely autumn season in Austin, Texas and will be heading into something that’s called winter in another few months. It’s called “winter” even though there’s rarely any snow, it hardly ever gets really cold, and you may start your day wearing a sweater or even a light […]

Fashion & Style : Dream of Wearing Elegant Hawaiian Dresses?

So here’s the story behind the story for this page. Once upon a time, there was a friend of mine who majored in Home Economics and was also newly married. We’re at lunch one day and she is discussing her homemaking activities and things she plans to do as a wise woman. (You know? That […]

Home Sweet Home : Start a Collection: Salt and Pepper Shakers

Have always enjoyed learning about Greek myths and legends. Are you familiar with the harpies? “In Greek mythology, the Harpies were monstrous bird-like creatures with a woman’s face. Believers thought they acted at the behest of the gods, carried out acts of vengeance and were snatchers of human souls.” That’s a quote from one of […]

Good Reads: Learn About Greek Mythology

There are so many male tenors in the entertainment industry and no doubt if one is mentioned by name, somebody will readily respond with an alternative or comparable singer and say ~ Yeah, he’s alright but I just love _________. Nevertheless I am going to resort to name-calling because this guy’s voice even impressed Linda […]

Gifts for Music Lovers: Artists Collaboration | Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville

The last three months of the year in the United States is often referred to as the “holiday season”; with Thanksgiving and Christmas being the main holidays that are celebrated. Even though most of the gift giving occurs at Christmas time, food gifts are gladly received at any time of the year. There is something […]

Gift Baskets and Monthly Club Subscriptions are Seldom Re-gifted

A duke is like a sovereign prince or a nobleman. What an appropriate nickname for him. Calling this man “mister” or “sir” just seems so inadequate and uncomplimentary for one of America’s most influential jazz ambassadors. Speaking with respect to Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899 – 1974) – the legendary American jazz pianist, composer and […]

Gifts for Music Lovers: Duke Ellington Album: Far East Suite

For years, people who lived in islands (or Florida, where I grew up) where the coconut trees decorated the landscape, the meat and milk of the coconut and its oil were considered a “cure” for almost all ailments. In The Bahamas there is a very popular song that tells the story of an islander who […]

Healthy Eating Advice : Coconut Oil, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Health?

“As of 2016, Aretha Franklin still holds the record for the most hits on the Billboard Hot 100 … she is still on the road and performing in her 74th year.” (Even though her doctors advise her to take it easy.) * * Quote source: “FUV Essentials: Aretha Franklin.” WFUV. Fordham University, 12 Sept. 2016. […]

Gifts for Music Lovers : Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
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