Archives for November 2012

Hallmark Cards Review

I’ve always loved walking into a Hallmark store…especially around Christmas time! 🙂

You know that fuzzy, warm feeling you get around the holidays? Well, that’s the feeling I get when browsing in the Hallmark stores

I was excited to get my Hallmark card collection that had count-down for kids and musicals nestled inside.

Hallmark Cards has some exquisite collections. And you can ALWAYS find the perfect message for that special someone.

MUSICALS

COUNT DOWNS

Not only does Hallmark have cards that gets the message across in a very unique way, they also have stylish ornaments.

Hallmark also does gift wrapping

STILL MORE TO OFFER…There is also a Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe software where you can personalize your special greeting. How awesome is that?! 🙂

And don’t forget!

Their Crown Rewards Program! It’s simple…just present your Crown Rewards card when you check out at any Hallmark stores and you earn points! These points transfer to real cash that you can use to buy Hallmark products.

*** The Hallmark company created in 1910 by Midwesterners Joyce, Rollie and William Hall ***

Thank you very much Gina for extending the invitation to me for doing a review for Hallmark Cards. It was a sweet gesture and truly an honor to do this review! 🙂


Why Chocolate is Good for You – From Weight Watchers

Article By: Sandra Gordon and Amy Leibrock AT Weight Watchers

(Photos By WeightWatchers.com)

So now, we have an excuse…it’s good for us!!!

I just had to share this article for all my readers that LOVE chocolate! 🙂

There’s a reason that chocolate inspires gotta-have-it cravings for so many of us, perhaps more than any other food: It’s good for you.

“It’s actually good for your heart and also good for your blood pressure,” says Valentine Yanchou Njike, MD, MPH, of the Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center, who has researched cocoa’s effect on blood vessel function.

Researchers have also found that phytochemicals in cocoa, which is used to make chocolate, may improve blood vessel function, slow blood clotting, improve insulin resistance and have protective effects against cancer. And even though the labels say chocolate contains saturated fat, it’s actually the kind of fat (called stearic acid) that has little effect on your cholesterol levels.

But experts warn…

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Six Easy Ways to Delight Your Family With Leftover Turkey -Monthly Food Column

By Dennis Weaver of The Prepared Pantry

What do you do with all that leftover turkey? I welcome it. It’s a busy time of year and I use it to ‘jump start” some great meals. It just takes a little planning. Here’s my strategy:

1. Peel the meat from the carcass. Divide it into portions, a pound or so in each depending on the size of your family, place it in zipper-type bags.

2. Set aside enough meat for a few turkey sandwiches. Of the remainder, freeze all but what you’ll use in the first three days.

3.Save the gravy and the bones with meat attached for soup. If I’m going to make soup right away, refrigerate it or else freeze it for later use.

4.Find a half dozen turkey recipes you would like to try. You won’t use all of them, but having them available will give you options and something to look forward to for diner over the next several weeks.

Turkey sandwiches. Instead of using slabs of turkey for sandwiches—which is certainly good—I think I’ll make turkey salad sandwiches

Turkey salad. I love club sandwiches and I want something very simple. This turkey club salad is made with club sandwich components. The bacon is cooked in the microwave.

Turkey soup. We don’t have snow yet but there’s a chill in the air. I want a hearty soup. This turkey white bean chili is very quick and simple to make . . . and good.


Turkey pot pies. This is easy comfort food. You can make them in the ovenproof bowls you have in your kitchen. If you use our just-add-water pie crust mix, you’ll have the crust made in a minute and the pies in the oven in less than fifteen. See how to make quick turkey pot pies.

Turkey enchiladas. My mother made chicken enchiladas; we loved them. We morphed her recipe to use leftover turkey and gravy. In fifteen minutes and with the microwave, you can have these turkey enchiladas ready for the oven. Add a tossed salad and open a can of beans or refried beams and you’re ready for dinner.

Turkey wraps. Wraps make quick, easy, fun meals and you can be as creative as you want to be. Grab some tortillas from the store or make your own tortillas. Spread them with mayonnaise, a sandwich spread, or salad dressing and load See how to make a wrap with wrap ideas.

About The Author

Dennis Weaver and his wife, Merri Ann, are the founders of The Prepared Pantry. Dennis is a baker and a writer. Dennis is the author of How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking.

Copyright © Dennis Weaver :: The Prepared Pantry :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

Parnevu Shining Gel Review – A Gotta Have Product!

 

 

 

 

Hair Care Products for Healthy Hair

 

I was inspired to try the shining gel, and also delighted to be able to do a review for this particular product. 😉

 

 

 

 

I have dry hair, and that’s due to coloring it like I have throughout most of my adult life and I’m 51 years of age. I’m not that vain about letting folks know that I have a full head of a natural color of grey! Yes, it’s true. So I do take measures to keep the grey away; sometimes to the extreme. I’ve had my hair very dark brown, (close to black and my current color), blonde, light brown, and auburn brown. I’ve only bleached my hair once though. However, you get the idea of WHY my hair is so brittle and dry.

I have tried the Biolage hair care line and really liked how it softens my hair and the scent is fabulous.

However, this post is NOT about Biolage NOR how many colors I’ve used on my hair, I promise you! 😉 lol

 

 

At first glance after opening the jar, I’ll be honest, I was hesitant about using it. Although, I DID notice the pleasant citrusy aroma to it. It smells awesome! I also liked the texture of it while rubbing the gel across my fingers.

So I jumped in the shower and washed my hair, ahh, a shower ALWAYS makes me feel like a new person! 🙂 I was extremely excited about this new product!

 

 

After towel drying my hair thoroughly and brushing it through, I applied the Parnevu Shining Gel. The product went on my hair so silky smooth. And after rubbing it in for a few minutes, I noticed the brilliant shine right away! I also noticed the great manageability my hair had, my fingers laced through my hair effortlessly. Awesome! 🙂

 

However, there is one more thing that I didn’t expect, and that was I had body and I could just scrunch and finger my hair into a nice style. I DID NOT have to use a curling iron on my hair like usual. This is some nice stuff!! Love it, love it.

 

And YOU too need to try it if you have dry hair!

 

Here is what you get with the shining gel:

* Incredible Shine
* Incredible Body and Control
* Incredible Management
* Incredible Conditioning
* Incredible Citrusy Scent
ALL for one INCREDIBLE LOW PRICE!

 

Parnevu also has other one-of-a-kind products such as: T-Tree Break Control, T-Tree Growth Creme and many others.

 

Read on their website on tips they have to share and also answers to important questions Here

 

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Copyright © Tammy Embrich :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: Parnevu – All Rights Reserved

 


Thanksgiving Restored – Reminder to Think About Your Blessings Even in Tough Times – Weekly Scriptures

 

 

 

 

By Gail Tucker –

 

 

I wanted to share this heart-warming story from Guideposts. Hope you enjoy, as well as the scriptures that follow 🙂

Normally, I’m the first one to be in the Thanksgiving spirit, but as I pushed my cart through the grocery store I wished we could skip it this year. I passed the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie without a glance. Mom wouldn’t be with us, and neither would anyone else. What kind of Thanksgiving was that?
Mom was in Read More

Some Scriptures On Thanksgving
Psalm 100
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

 

Psalm 97:12
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

 

Hebrews 13:15
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name

 

Rev. 7:12
Blessing, and glory, and thanksgiving, and honor be unto our God

 

1 Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

 

Jonah 2:9
But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.”

It is my wish that every one of you to have a joyous and safe, Happy Thanksgiving! Spend it with your family and be thankful for them and most importanty, love them!!

 

 


Going To Be Grandma Again!

 

 

 

Yes! I’M GOING TO BE GRANDMA AGAIN! I had to type it out big and bold so I could see it really good. It’s just so hard to believe cause this grandma stuff is happening so, so fast…however, I love it!! 🙂

I have a grandson, and now God, I’d really like a granddaughter so I can dress her up in frilly clothes and do just girl stuff with. That would be so very cool! But if You see fit to give us another grandson, that would be cool too! =)

Not sure why I’m praying at this late notice…it’s already set in stone!! LOL 😉

SERIOUSLY, I really don’t care what we get…just as long as the baby is happy and healthy

Here’s a little something I put together, hope you enjoy it. lol lol

A grandmother prays for her grandkids

A grandmother holds, cradles and rocks

A grandmother sews her grandkid’s Halloween costumes…It’s coming! lol 🙂

A grandmother plays soccer and baseball with her grandkids 😮 HUH??

A grandmother plays hide and seek with her grandkids

A grandmother shows no favoritism

A grandmother teachers her grandkids how to bake cupcakes

A grandmother cries when she’s by herself because her grandson loves Papa more than Amma…no not really lol 😉

A grandmother never says “no” about keeping her grandkids overnight

A grandmother teaches her grandkids how to say, “I love my Grandma and my Grandma loves me.” 🙂

A grandmother kisses the hurts and boo-boos

A grandmother looks way beyond the outbursts and temper tantrums

And most importantly — she loves unconditionally! 🙂 🙂

 

Borrow Baby Couture Review – Baby Girls Clothing

 

 

 

You’re Going To LOVE This!!

 

 

 

I am always delighted to open up my inbox when I get review/giveaway requests! However, I was double delighted when I opened up this email. 🙂

 

 

How clever is this??? A website that lets you rent clothing for babies girls!
 
 
The first website ever of its kind…

 

 

The best part about it is the low pricing — Up to 80% off the retail price – Includes free shipping!

 

I have NO doubt – This website will be a sure fire success
 

 

Borrow Baby Couture is an excellent idea for birthday occasions, holidays, picture taking days, or for whatever you like. And you can get really creative with this for all the low prices. Dress your baby girl up WITHOUT the high cost of brand new designer clothing!

 

 

You will be shopping for various “search by designer” fashions. Borrow Baby Couture features Dior, Versace, Fendi, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Chloe, and so many other among the top designers. 🙂

Sizes – 9 Months to 4 Years
 
Currently showcasing their spring clearance saleThis features UP TO 80% OFF the retail price! You can’t get any better than that. 🙂

 

One excellent Idea would be to borrow an outfit for a Christmas card…that would be so cool!

 

Stop by this adorable website and pick out (top designer) clothing for your little girl TODAY. Holiday time is perfect for this!


 

 

I wanted to thank Borrow Baby Couture for giving me the chance of doing this awesome review! =)

 

Copyright © Tammy Embrich :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: Borrow Baby Couture – All Rights Reserved

 

Free 2013 Printable Weekly Calendar for Bloggers

 

 

 

Shared From: Nicole Dean 🙂

 
High quality planner created just for bloggers
 
I’ve already downloaded it and I will definitely be using this awesome calendar!

 

Nicole Dean shared it with me, however, her good friend Lynette Chandler
put it together.

 

It’s a must have for the coming year – 2013 for all bloggers!
 

And now, I’m sharing it with YOU! It’s free – nothing to purchase or no email required.

 

Just take it and enjoy it! 🙂

Download Here!


Have a great day! 🙂

 

 

Lily the Christmas Elf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This adorable crochet project is perfect for the holiday season. Lily the Christmas Elf will put a smile on everyone’s face with colorful yarn and a cute elf outfit. Give this free crochet pattern a try for a great Christmas project.

Measurement:
Approx 13 ins [33 cm] tall.

Materials:

Lily Sugar’n Cream (70 g/2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
Main Color (MC) (01004 Soft Ecru) 1 ball
Contrast A (01712 Hot Green) 1 ball
Contrast B (00095 Red) 1 ball
Contrast C (00001 White) 1 ball
Contrast D (00073 Sunshine) 1 ball

Sizes 3.5 mm (U.S. E or 4) and 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet
hooks or size needed to obtain gauge. Stuffing. 2 small
black beads for eyes. Small amount of red embroidery floss
for mouth. Small amount of Black embroidery floss for
eyelashes. 3 jingle bells. 1 button.

Gauge:
16 sc and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with smaller hook.

Instructions:

Head
**With smaller hook and MC, ch 2.
1st rnd: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
16 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc.
Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 32 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc.
Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 40 sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd 10 times more.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh
and draw through all loops on hook – sc2tog made. 1 sc in
each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first
sc. 32 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sts.
Stuff Head.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 16 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. Rep from * around. Join with sl st
to first st. 8 sts. Fasten off.

Ears (make 2)
With MC and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
16 sc.
Shape Ears: 1st row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc.
Sc2tog. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
2nd row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. Fasten off.
Sew Ears to side of Head.

Body
With MC and smaller hook, ch 30. Join with sl st to first ch.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first sc.
30 sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until work from beg measures 2 ins [5 cm].
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until work from beg measures 4 ins [10 cm].
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd twice more. Fasten off.
Sew bottom edge of Body closed. Stuff Body.

Arms (make 2)
With MC and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
10 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 1 tr in next sc
(thumb). 1 sc in each of last 5 sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) twice. Join
with sl st to first sc. 8 sts.
7th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until Arm from beg measures 4 ins [10 cm].
Fasten off.
Stuff Arms lightly.

Legs (make 2)
Shoe: With A and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc) twice. Join
with sl st to first sc. 6 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 8 sc.
5th rnd: As 3rd rnd.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 3 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 10 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
8th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 5 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 14 sc.
9th to 12th rnds: As 3rd rnd.
Beg working in rows: Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of
next 8 sc. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 8 sc. Turn.
Rep last row once more. Fasten off.
Fold back of shoe in half to form Heel. Sew back Heel seam.
Join A with sl st to back of Shoe. Ch 1. Work 14 sc evenly
around top edge of Shoe. Join B with sl st to first sc. Break A.
Stuff Shoe.
Leg: 1st rnd: With B, working in back loops only, ch 1. 1 sc
in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. Working in both loops, 1 sc in each sc
around. Join C with sl st to first sc.
Cont even, working 2 rnds C, 2 rnds B, until Leg from top of
Shoe measures 4 ins [10 cm]. Fasten off.
Stuff Leg.

Shoe edging
With smaller hook, join A with sl st to rem loop
of top of Shoe. *Ch 3. 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in
same sp as last sl st – picot made. Sl st in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first picot. Fasten off.

Finishing
Sew top of Legs closed using whip st. Attach Jingle Bell to tip
of Shoe. Sew Legs to bottom of Body. Sew Arms to sides of
Body. With black embroidery floss, embroider eyelashes on
Head. Sew Beads to Head. With red embroidery floss,
embroider mouth.

Hair fringe
Cut a piece of tape 5 ins [12.5 cm] long and secure onto a flat
surface with sticky side up. Cut lengths of D 11 ins [28 cm]
long and lay them across tape so strip of tape is in center of
yarn. Holding tissue paper over top of yarn and using sewing
machine, run a line of stitching along length of tape. Remove
tape when hair is secure. Remove tissue paper after stitching
Pin fringe to top of head. Using backstitch and D, sew hair
into place along sewn line, being sure to get all lengths secured
in sts. Trim evenly.

Hat
Note: Ch 2 does not count as hdc.
With larger hook and A, ch 36. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each ch around. Join B with sl st to
first hdc.
2nd rnd: With B, ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join A
with sl st to first hdc.
3rd rnd: With A, as 2nd rnd. Join B.
4th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 4 hdc. (Yoh and
draw up a loop in next st. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on
hook) twice. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook –
hdc2tog made. Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first
hdc. 30 hdc.
5th rnd: With A, ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join B with
sl st to first hdc.
6th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. Hdc2tog.
Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 24 sts.
7th rnd: As 5th rnd.
8th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc. Hdc2tog.
Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 18 sts.
9th rnd: As 5th rnd.
10th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in next hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 12 sts.
11th rnd: As 5th rnd.
12th rnd: With B, ch 2, *Hdc2tog. Rep from * around. Join
A with sl st to first st. 6 sts.
13th rnd: As 5th rnd. Fasten off, leaving a long end. Thread
end through rem loops. Pull tightly and fasten securely.
Sew Jingle Bell to top of Hat.
Attach Hat to Head, sewing through all thicknesses.

Dress
Note: Ch 2 does not count as hdc.
With larger hook and B, ch 40. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each ch around. Join with sl st to
first hdc. 40 hdc.
2nd rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join with sl st to
first hdc.
3rd rnd: Ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. 32 sts.
4th and 5th rnds: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join with
sl st to first hdc.
6th rnd: Ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. 24 sts.
7th and 8th rnds: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join with
sl st to first hdc.
Beg working in rows: 1st row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each of
next 24 hdc. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc across. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 5. Sl st in first hdc. (button loop made). Ch 2.
1 hdc in same st as last sl st. 1 hdc in each hdc across. Fasten
off.

Edging
Join C with sl st to any rem loop of foundation ch at
bottom of dress. *Ch 3. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Miss next
2 ch. Sl st in next ch. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to
same sp as first sl st. Fasten off.
Straps (make 2)
With larger hook and B, ch 9.
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of
ch. Turn. 8 sc.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
Rep last row once more. Fasten off.

Belt
With larger hook and C, ch 24. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first
sc. Fasten off.
Put Dress on doll, mark position for Straps. Sew Straps to
Dress. Sew Belt to Dress as shown in picture. Sew button to
back of Dress to correspond to button loop.

Enjoy! 🙂

Darlene

http://mylittlehouseoftreasures.blogspot.com

Some Gift Ideas For The Holidays – Creations From Donna

 

 

 

Hi there,

 

 

I wanted to share with you a few creations from Donna, (one of my guest bloggers).  🙂

She is best known for her custom hand painted mailboxes. And her various home decor items are exceptionally exquisite! Below are some of her holiday items. 🙂

 

 

I Especially Like…

 

 

Nativity Scene with Open Bible Christmas Verse
Decorative Santa Boot Filled with Silk Poinsettia’s Red
Decorative Santa Boot Filled with Silk Poinsettia’s