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Cake, I Love You Review

Cake, I Love You: Decadent, Delectable and Do-Able Recipes Review 

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As much as I love to bake, I am honestly no good at decorating. The decorating is my one weakness and the one area I am always looking to learn and educate myself.

When I saw Cake, I Love You by Jill O’Connor, I saw an easy way to make the cakes I make beautiful. The book includes many recipes and ideas for seasoned bakers to beginner bakers and everybody in between.

Cake, I Love You offers 60 recipes that are organized by flavor profile such as banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit, butterscotch, spices, citrus and cakes from the garden and orchard. From the level of difficulty, each chapter in this cookbook gives a wide range of cakes from easy weeknight sheet cakes to showstoppers that are layered with frosting and ganache. There are photos throughout so you know what your cake should look like.

Also of note, the author is a local a food columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune and she lives in San Diego, California.

If you are looking for a easy to follow cake book that will have you baking by the weekend, get a copy of Cake, I Love You by Jill O’Connor.

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You can purchase Cake, I Love You on Amazon

D.I.Y. Dollhouse Review

D.I.Y. Dollhouse: Build and Decorate a Toy House Using Everyday Materials Review & Giveaway

When I was young I always wanted a dollhouse. I just did not want a dollhouse, I wanted to MAKE a dollhouse. At the time I had no idea the time, effort or wood cutting involved, and my dream dollhouse never got built.

I was always thinking that there was a simpler way than the cutting, gluing and attaching that was involved. Flash forward many years later and I have finally discovered that easier way. The D.I.Y. Dollhouse: Build and Decorate a Toy House Using Everyday Materials by Alexia Henrion is the book I never knew I really wanted.

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Celestial: A Colorable Zodiac Journal Review

Celestial: A Colorable Zodiac Journal Review + Giveaway

I am a summer baby – July to be exact. When I was young I hated having my birthday in the middle of summer when all my friends were out-of-town.

There is also another element to having a summer birthday is that I am firmly in the astrological sign is in the Cancer time frame.

When I saw the new Celestial: A Colorable Zodiac Journal by Gabriel Picolo/Blue Star Coloring I decided to look and see how similar I am to the astrological description.  Continue reading

Color Your Mind: A Coloring Book Review

Color Your Mind: A Coloring Book for Those with Alzheimer’s and The People Who Love Them Coloring Book  Review + Giveaway

As we go through life, we accumulate a lifetime of memories and moments. Many of these are captured through photos and videos, but most of them exist in our minds.

Imagine as you get older, you begin to forget not only those precious memories but also things as simple as your own name and your loved ones names. While this progression can be quick, many times it is slow and painful for all parties involved.

While there currently is no way to stop this terrible progression from occurring, there are ways to stimulate memories. One new way is with a coloring book like Coloring Your Mind: A Coloring Book For Those With Alzheimer’s and The People Who Love Them by Maria Shriver/Blue Star Coloring. Continue reading

Wellspring: Grownup Notebook’s Review

Wellspring: Grownup Notebook’s (Coloring Books) Review + Giveaway

There are days when I spend most of the daylight and into the nighttime on the blog. I spend time learning and educating myself, as well as cultivating relationships and finding new products.

Since I spend so much time at the computer, I enjoy taking time away to clear my eyes and mind, and in those moments I like to color.

Recently I came across a coloring book that is a bit different from the other coloring books on the market – it is spiral bound. Wellspring has a variety of Grownup Notebooks that you can color.

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How to Draw Cool Stuff – 3 Book Series Review

How to Draw Cool Stuff – 3 Series Review + Giveaway

There is no doubt that I am a creative person. I love to up-cycle items in my home, I love to use paper to craft cards and scrapbook layouts and I love to just doodle.

My entire life I have thought it would be neat to have the ability to draw cute things on the pages and cards I create, but I am never able to get past a bloated looking stick figure. As a crafter, I am dismayed that I can not draw event the simplest of images, and made a resolution that this year I would work on changing that.

Timing is a constant theme on this blog, and this item is not exempt from a case of perfect timing. When I received an email with an opportunity to review the How to Draw Cool Stuff – 3 Book Series I could not believe the timing, because the night before I started looking for a books that would help my drawing skills.

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The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide Review

The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide: Using the Science of Carrier & Essential Oils to Create Natural Personal Care Products Review + Giveaway

I have always loved learning, and reading. I think I learn best when I am left to read the instructions and the execute the action. As I have aged I have learned that is more I do not know than do know and that excites me – it means I still have a ton to learn.

The one thing that I love to learn about and to educate myself about is essential oils. The great thing is that is always something to learn, make and concoct where these versatile oils are concerned. When I recently got The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide and looked through it I knew I found a great reference.

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Barron’s Coloring Books New Releases February 2017 Review

Barron’s – Coloring Books – February 2017 – New Releases Review + Giveaway

When I was younger, I remember purchasing a book that would help me prepare for the SAT’s and the other testing I would need to attend college. The book company was Barron’s and they were/are the go to for test prep books. So naturally when I saw that they also have coloring books I was surprised.

As it turns out, they do the test prep books, but also have a full line of coloring books, Barron’s Educational Series is not only education but also robust in their coloring book selections.

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Coloring Planner: Stress Relieving Cats Review

Coloring Planner: Stress Relieving Cats Review + Giveaway

As a blog owner I have many hats, and many duties to accomplish throughout the day. Most of these I remember, and have a system’s in place for most tasks. Even with systems being in place it is nice to have a planner that I can make notes about meetings, calls and daily to-dos.

I have always gotten planners with colors, and a theme that I enjoy. If I can get more spaces for notes and such, that is always a bonus. When I recently saw the Coloring Planner: Stress Relieving Cats by Blue Star Coloring I got excited – not only was it a planner but a CAT themed planner! Continue reading

Dark Skies: A Grayscale Adult Coloring Book Review

Dark Skies: A Grayscale Adult Coloring Book Review + Giveaway

While the years scariest day is about 10 months away, it is nice to have a reminder of the mystical and magical throughout the year. I have discovered that there is no better way to dream and imagine, then when you are coloring.

One of my favorite things to color is unique and different images that inspire me to think and to imagine a different world. When I received the Dark Skies: A Grayscale Adult Coloring Book by Blue Star Coloring it made me think of the different and unusual images in the world. Continue reading