Jewelry Gifts for Mom and Grandma It is truly hard to give a gift to the ladies in your family that mean so much to you on Mother’s Day. But thoughtful jewelry is hard to beat. Jewelry is bound to be a heirloom – it does not spoil, and although it is personalized it will […]

Jewelry Gifts for Mom and Grandma

Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors. Award winning fiction writer Anne Tyler is a real inspiration to me as a writer.She was one of the first authors to show me that a novel that honestly showed ordinary people’s lives could actually be an agent of change. That is because her characters are “ordinary” […]

Anne Tyler Novels

Cruelty Free Cosmetics All of us want to be beautiful, but no one wants to do it at the expense of the innocent. And yet that is exactly what happens when animal experimentation is used for cosmetics. Animal testing is cruel in ways that you don’t even want to think about. Animals can be subjected […]

Cruelty Free Cosmetics

How do you build a mousetrap car? And why would you Want to do it? What is a mousetrap car? It is a little auto that is powered by a mousetrap. Or if you want to get really powerful: use a rat trap or many mice traps! Making a mousetrap mousetrap vehicle gives kids who […]

Build a Mousetrap Car

Why you should consider adopting a Senior Dog – or Senior Cat Why do senior dogs deserve a place in your home? Even though it may seem hard to believe, old dogs and cats have many qualities that make them delightful pets! Many people think dogs and cats are just not fun when they are […]

Your Senior Dog: the Joys and Challenges

Cafe Gratitude introduced me to great vegan cooking – and great vegan cookbooks One of my favorite restaurants used to be Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley. They were 100% vegan, and had an abundance of delicious foods from salads to desserts to salads to imaginative entrees. Sadly, they had to leave Berkeley, but there is still […]

Top Vegan Cookbooks

March has two unique and lovely birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone If you celebrate your birthday in March, you are blessed with two lovely and mysterious birthstones: aquamarine and bloodstone. I love the idea of birthstones. The belief that there is a special gem for each month that is special for it is ancient: from the […]

March Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

Poinsettias Create Christmas Miracles I was mad. Two men – a boarding home manager and my ex-husband – who were supposed to be taking care of my adult autistic son were not doing it to my expectations. I was in a rage – they had not given him the medication he needed. I felt used […]

Poinsettias Create Christmas Miracles

Books that Children love even though they learn something! Kids love to read! Especially when they are exposed to reading in the right way. I love to read! I wasn’t born with that love of reading, but I swear it wasn’t too far after birth that it developed. I was lucky enough to be read […]

Books Kids Need and Love to Read

Coco from Pixar One of the most enjoyable memories of this summer was watching Coco from Disney and Pixar with my adult son. While I unfortunately did not see it on the big screen, I still loved seeing it in my living room. Coco is an enchanting tale that mixes Mexican culture especially in regards […]

Coco from Pixar

Tutti Frutti Jewelry Do you know about yummy tutti frutti jewelry? Also called fruit salad jewelry? I have found some of it at a super-huge flea market in Southern California that I visited on a trip many of years ago. I have also inherited some pieces from my mother. Every once in a while I […]

Tutti Frutti Jewelry

Cubic Zirconium – Great Bling for Your Buck I must confess that I prefer the feeling of natural gems, but I have recently realized how much beauty cubic zirconia can bring to your jewelry wardrobe. Zirconia was first known as a diamond substitute. But it is far more than a clear stone. Zirconia can be […]

Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

Noah’s Ark Decorations Using Noah’s Ark decorations in your home can be a charming way to decorate for children. The story of Noah’s Ark in the Bible is one of the most appealing to kids. The story is of a giant flood that covered the Earth, with Noah being instructed to bring his family and […]

Noah’s Ark Decorations

December birthstone color: BLUE No doubt about it – when it comes to December – birthstones are coming up blue. That’s because December has not one, not two , not three but FOUR blue birthstones. Birthstones are special jewels for each month, and those people lucky enough to be born in December can celebrate in […]

December Birthstone Color: Blue!

Gemstone Globes are the Perfect Home Decoration My love of jewelry has lead me to these wonderful gemstone globes. World globes are also historical, as they show the changing geography as countries form and dissolve, Celestial globes map the Universe. All globes are special, with educational and scientific merits. But bringing a globe that is […]

Gemstone Globes

Swarovski Crystal Bear Figurines Swarovski crystal bear figurines are some of the most popular Swarovkski animal figurines. Swarovski crystal is so beautiful and versatile – many people chose to have the little collectible animals in their homes. The big bears like the grizzly, polar and panda bears are majestic and special , and the Swarovski […]

Swarovski Crystal Bear Figurines

Swarovski Animal Figurines – Collectible Bits of Light and Shimmer Swarovski animals are one of the best ways to display the wonder that is Swarovski. Swarovski crystals are man-made gems manufactured with care and love in Austria since the late 1800’s. Far beyond simple cut-glass, these crystals gleem like diamonds and have been used in […]

Swarovski Animals

Thanksgiving Jigsaw Puzzles Thanksgiving themed jigsaw puzzles can be a delightful part of your Thanksgiving celebrations. This holiday is of course about gratitude, family and togetherness. And stuffing your tummy until you just can’t eat anymore! After the Thanksgiving dinner, you will want to have some kind of entertainment. Skip the TV – putting together […]

Thanksgiving Jigsaw puzzles

Dragonfly Jewelry The dragonfly is a lovely and amazing insect and it has been celebrated in folklore, art – and dragonfly jewelry. Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago. They were here before the dinosaurs! In the Paleozoic Era where they originated, they had wingspans of up […]

Dragonfly Jewelry

Fashion Watches for Women Fashion watches for women feel a real place in your jewelry wardrobe needs. Even though everybody seems to tell time with their cell phone – it is fun to wear on a watch on your wrist. And these watches even make Watches can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but you […]

Fashion Watches for Women

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Action Figures Buffy the Vampire Slayer Action Figures are the perfect gift for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans – and even after all this time there are a lot of them! There was a time when I didn’t even realize that vampires were cool and then I found Buffy the Vampire […]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Action Figures

Crayon Gifts for Kids Crayola crayons have been around for a long time, and yet crayon gifts for kids are some of the nicest that you can put under your Christmas tree. The first crayolas were invented by Edwin Binney, working with his wife, Alice Stead Binney in 1903 under the brand name “Crayola”. The […]

Crayon Gifts for Kids

Dog Themed Watches Dog lovers are fanatics! People have been wearing dogs on their wrists for hundreds on years. Dog themed wristwatches are lovely gifts and they are also ways for you to wear your favorite breed. Betsey Johnson Women’s Watches Betsey Johnson women’s watches are exceptional. She is a famous designer who has brought […]

Dog Themed Watches

Dog Themed Clocks Dog themed clocks are the perfect way of decorating if you are a dog lover!! If you are dog lover, like I am , looking at pictures of dogs warms your heart. It is a great idea to measure the time in your life with a dog clock. Besides the rescue dog […]

Dog Themed Clocks

October birthstone jewelry Both of October’s beautiful birthstones: opal and tourmaline are a kaleidoscope of colors and would delight almost everyone. Even if they are not born in October! In fact both of these birthstones are believed to have come from rainbows! Legend tells us that tourmaline has all of it’s delightful colors because the […]

October birthstone jewelry

Halloween Books for Children Halloween books for children are just one more way to celebrate the coolest part of the year: Halloween! Kids love books, and Halloween gives lots of opportunities for interesting stories for kids of all ages. These Halloween books for children will take your kids from babies to Stephen King loving adults. […]

Halloween Books for Children

Lois Lenski – Children’s Illustrator, Children’s Author Lois Lenski: gave voice to many American children and delighted all of them. Lois Lenski was one of my favorite children’s authors, and I think she certainly deserves to be better known. Although Lois Lenski was born at the turn of the century: in 1893 in Springfield, Ohio, […]

Lois Lenski Books

America – Love it and Change It? Why Fly the American Flag I fly the American flag. I fly it on the Fourth of July, and on Flag Day – which is also my father’s birthday. He always said “they put the flags out for me.” I fly it because I love this country. I […]

America – Love it and Change It? Why Fly the American Flag

Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles and Day of the Dead Jigsaw Puzzles Halloween jigsaw puzzles and Day of the Dead jigsaw puzzles are a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays! Skulls, skeletons, Jack-o-Lanterns, witches and monsters makes puzzles for this holiday. It is fun to see the spooky figures develop as you make your puzzle. Working – […]

Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles

Halloween Cake Pans and Day of the Dead Cake Pans are Great to Celebrate the Holiday! One of the best ways to celebrate Halloween or Day of the Dead is with a Halloween party with a cake as the centerpiece. Cake decorating can be difficult, but these quality cake pans make it easy as pie! […]

Halloween Cake Pans

Halloween Rhinestone Jewelry Halloween rhinestone jewelry is just so much fun! From pumpkins to vampire bibs, you can find all kinds of nice Halloween jewelry with rhinestones, and most of it is very inexpensive. I’ve just learned . how much fun – and how pretty crystal is. And even more nicer in this rhinestone jewelry […]

Halloween Rhinestone Jewelry

Gemstone Guardian Angel Figurines and Candle holders Have you seen these gorgeous angels that are made out of gemstones or crystal for your garden or home? The idea of angels strikes deep resonance in all cultures. Angels are represented in all religions from Christianity to Hinduism, and in all countries. The idea that everyone has […]

Gemstone Guardian Angels

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