Aug 162017
 

About the Brush Pen Lettering:

Drawing gorgeous letters, words and phrases with a brush pen doesn’t have to be difficult! Brush Pen Lettering will show you how to create your own unique style. To help you on your lettering journey, this comprehensive how-to guide includes:

• DIY projects
• Tips and Tricks
• Color Photographs
• Inspiring Ideas
• Step-by-step instructions
• Practice sheets

When it comes to creating beautiful, handwritten letters we always admire calligraphy as a symbol of romance, charm, and skill. These iconic letters showcase the individuality of the sender and are kept as treasured keepsakes for decades. And with the evolution of these gorgeous flourishes– creative lettering is more popular today than ever, with hundreds of inventive souls embracing this artistic niche.

Brush pen lettering has taken over calligraphy art with it’s more nuanced ways of adding color, shape, and design. In a world gone digital, lettering provides the perfect hand-drawn, organic element to any design, whether it be snail mail, a company logo, or custom wedding invitations.

With Brush Pen Lettering, readers of all skill levels will experience the creative facets of lettering with this informative, easy-to-use guide. Readers will learn the fundamental practices of brush pen lettering, from what type of brush to use- to the position you hold your body and paper, from wrist and whole arm movement- to the different small pressures that develop the gorgeous designs of brush pen lettering.  Author Grace Song, is a self-taught brush pen calligraphy artist who creates dynamic, hand lettered pieces with a variety of tools, including brush pens, watercolors, and paintbrushes. Her many followers admirer her beautiful designs, each of which highlights Song’s technique and style.

My thoughts on Brush Pen Lettering:

Brush Pen Lettering is an easy to read and practices writing beautiful lettering.  It takes you step by step through how to make your letters more decorative. Through out the book you will find drills to help make your lettering more interesting.  I think it is a great book for beginners and love the variety of designs.  I am someone who loves to doodle and practice drawing and writing all the time. To me it is very relaxing. I like to schedule a time a couple days a week where I can be creative.  Grace has included guide practices sheets along with lots of tips through out the book. If you practices you will be a pro within no time!

You can purchase this book from Amazon below.

 

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Aug 162017
 

Going to the fair was always a big part of my summer growing up.  I was in 4-H and always baked, knitted and even did woodworking projects.  My Dad was a judge for the woodworking section so we would spend a couple days at the Seymour Wisconsin Fair. I remember going on the rides and of course trying all the great food! Rex and I are going to the fair this weekend and I can’t wait.

Here is a fun cookbook – Fair foods – The most Popular and Off Beat Recipes from America’s State & County Fairs.

Fair Foods is an illustrated cookbook featuring the recipes of the most popular and offbeat food served at state and county fairs across the USA.

Packed with 120 original recipes created by award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator George Geary, Fair Foods includes such state and county fair classics as Texas Maple Bacon Donuts, The World’s Gooiest Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting, Aztec Hot Chocolate, Witch’s Brew, Caramel Kettle Corn, Fried Sweet Potato Sticks, Ten-Pound Cheesebuns, Cheesecake on a Stick, Chocolate-Encased Bacon, Fried Coca-Cola, Fried Guacamole, Fried Oreo Cookies, BBQ Turkey Legs, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken and Waffles, Blue Ribbon Chili, Pork Chop on a Stick, and Spicy Peanut Butter and Jelly Burgers.

Each page in Fair Foods is lavishly illustrated with both vintage and contemporary photographs of America’s most beloved fair foods, as well as fun and lively images of rides and attractions and nostalgic ephemera. Fair Foods is not only mouthwateringly addictive, it also captures the joy and spirit of America’s greatest state and county fairs.

Meet the Author

George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, Geary is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently chosen as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all of the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs. Geary has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar, and many other popular television shows. He also teaches cooking classes aboard Holland America Lines.

For over thirty years, Geary has been a culinary contest judge for major food manufacturers such as Canola Producers, Veg-All, Hormel Foods, the Hershey Company, Knott’s Berry Farm Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Fleischmann’s Yeast, the San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, and many more. From 1982 to 2010, George was the culinary coordinator of the Los Angeles County Fair.

Geary is the author of L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, as well as nine cookbooks including The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. He is presently the featured chef on the San Diego Living television show on the CW Network. Geary lives in Los Angeles.

I am sure you will find lots of good recipes that you will want to try.  I can’t decide if I want to make some Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick or maybe some Fried Guacamole Bites. What would you try?

You can purchase your book below from Amazon.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Aug 112017
 

Do you remember the days when your dog eagerly jumped up to greet you each time you walked through the door? Fido may now raise his head and go right back to sleep. Though you may assume that your dog is just getting older, a lack of activity can be a sign of a dog suffering from pain or poor health. Dogs that are less active can gain more weigh, which increases their risks of developing common medical conditions like diabetes and arthritis too. There are some easy ways you can improve the health of your dog though.

Get More Active

The best way to improve the health of your dog is with some daily exercise. You cannot expect your dog to stay inside all day long without noticing some problems in the future. Even the smallest of dogs need some regular exercise. If you have a fenced in yard, you can let your dog play outside for around an hour, but you’ll want to make sure that you leave out plenty of water, especially on hot days. Try taking your dog for walks daily and giving your pets some toys to play with too.

Change Your Dog’s Diet

Making some changes to your dog’s diet can also help improve its health. While some pet owners swear by natural diets that include foods they make for their dogs like scrambled eggs mixed with fresh vegetables or steak and chicken, you can find healthy food in the grocery store as well as in pet stores. These foods contain real ingredients that you can see each time you feed your dog. Make sure that you follow feeding guidelines too. Feeding your dog too much or too little can significantly affect its overall health.

Use Supplements

Giving your dog a natural supplement once a day can help too. Dog glucosamine is an ingredient found in many supplements that can help relieve pressure on the joints that cause aches and pains. If your dog has trouble walking, laying or sitting because of joint pain, these supplements can help. The best supplements will contain other vitamins and minerals too. You may want to talk with your veterinarian to avoid any negative interactions with the medicines your dog already takes. Using supplements, making diet changes and getting your pet more active can all significantly improve your dog’s health.

Aug 112017
 

Perhaps the most difficult concept to grasp and understand is the need to forgive those who have wronged us. It is extremely difficult not to use prior abuse as an excuse for our shortcomings today. Most people believe that forgiveness lets the perpetrator off the hook. In a divine sense, the very opposite is true. When we forgive others for past transgressions we are somehow able to steady ourselves and move on with our lives. The release of the past somehow graciously releases us and puts our lives back into our own hands.

Many people have had a challenging past. This truism is well known to everyone. However, this truth applies to many groups for many different reasons. One central truth is that there have been struggles based purely on race, disability, sexual orientation and economic status, to name a few. Many groups have suffered abuse and disenfranchisement for many reasons, both present, and past. Some might say that they didn’t deserve what happened to them. Some could also say that based upon what has happened it is impossible to move forward and take full responsibility for their own lives. However, none of this is true. On some level, we all know this. It is a well-known fact that life is not fair and that innocent, undeserving people are hurt all the time. The son of an alcoholic father who was abused can still grow up and not abuse alcohol or his children. This is true although he was abused and did not deserve it. It’s clear that the innocent suffer all the time.

However, it’s not enough to feel sorry for ourselves and not take responsibility for our own lives and dreams. Despite any abuse or wrongdoing past or present, we are still responsible for our own lives. This fact is not partial to anyone. We all have a responsibility to take control of our own lives regardless of color, socioeconomic status, disability and past hurts and disappointments. Nothing lets us off the hook. We must own our own lives regardless of what circumstances we come from. Ownership is equal to responsibility.

Blame, quite simply put, is a lack of ownership. If you don’t own something you can’t control it. You are powerless in terms of control. Blame is the act of making other people responsible for your life. It is equal to giving other people control of your life. This concept can be true regardless of who or what situation we choose to blame for our current situation. You are powerless until you put the saddle back on your own horse and become responsible for your own life.

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

We must understand that taking responsibility for our own lives is actually a gift. The choice and ability to steer puts everything back in your hands. You get to build the life that you truly want. Who else knows and cares for you more than you do? No one. You are the only person worthy of steering your ship, so why put this precious gift in the hands of people, places, and things by blaming people, past or current situations, or things? Once we truly realize what blame is there is no way we will want anything to do with such a self-defeating process.

The beauty of responsibility and acceptance is choice. Choice is tantamount to freedom. What could be better than freedom? The ability to decide what we are going to do with our lives at every street and juncture is truly a gift. Acceptance and responsibility releases us from waiting on people, places, and things to change our lot in life. When we carry our own load by choosing personal responsibility instead of blame we are held back by nothing but ourselves. We refuse to let any circumstance or person determine our next decision by stopping to throw a pity party for ourselves or by playing the blame game. Our fear from a past trauma should not lead us to wear a concealment shirt all the time.

“The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don’t waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding.”
Lorii Myers

The inward battle to take back your life is just the beginning of living a purposeful life. Personal responsibility creates a better world. What you practice you teach. Children learn personal responsibility from parents who practice this moral characteristic. Children also learn from what they see, not what you say. The practice of personal responsibility helps to build a generation of more mindful, self-aware, self self-led individuals.

Life ownership is taking responsibility for every aspect of your life. Giving the gift of choice back to yourself by refusing to blame past events, people, places, or things for anything amiss in your life. It is the simple yet difficult task of speaking inwardly. You may be saying, “I control myself.” ” I am a chooser.” I am not going to let anything past or present determine what I do or how I live my life today.”

Slavery was an institution that lasted 245 years in North America. However, despite the horrific atrocities that were a part of slavery and its’ aftermath, we must go on. We must forge ahead and continue to create a beautiful tomorrow in addition to recognizing the strides that have been made in the wake of the oppression of many different peoples. We owe it to ourselves as a collective people of America. We owe it to themselves to overcome, move on, and transcend the stigma of oppression for future generations as well as present generations.

Freedom is granted by taking steps necessary to transcend the awful historical events of the past and step into a brighter tomorrow by choosing not to blame; by mastering our thoughts. Our thoughts become our deeds and our deeds become our way of life. The releasing of blame sets us free to live the life we truly deserve. Personal responsibility helps us to create authentic lives that reflect who we truly are.

Aug 112017
 

After you have been arrested and sentenced for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be given a chance to rehabilitate yourself and your behavior. As long as you satisfy the requirements of the court, you may have your sentence reduced or eliminated entirely. Your driving record may also be expunged to conceal your crime.

When you want to satisfy these requirements but lack the time to take an on-campus class, you may wonder how you can fit this instruction into your busy schedule. You may comply fully with the court’s orders by enrolling in virtual classes, a DWI education program online, or other distance learning opportunities available to you.

Choosing the Class You Need

When you visit the institute’s website, you can find a full list of classes that typically satisfy the requirements laid out by most court systems. The classes cover a host of topics but primarily aim to teach you how drinking affects your ability to drive safely.

Along with that particular topic, you also will learn information like how alcohol and drugs impair your ability to think clearly and make good decisions. You may be convinced of the perils of drunk driving and commit to avoiding this crime in the future.

The courses also come with a certificate of completion that you can present to the judge, mediator, attorney, or another person overseeing your case and sentence. The class is designed to be comprehensive yet also timely so you can complete it in good time to reduce or eliminate your sentence.

Pricing

Despite needing this instruction, you still have to pay for it. The price of the class alone may be enough of a deterrent to convince you to avoid future DUI infractions.

You can find the price for each class listed on the website. You can also find out about payment options if you cannot afford the price of the class upfront. Your receipt for enrolling in the class and paying the required tuition can also serve as proof that you complied with the orders of the court.

 

Inebriated driving is a crime in all 50 states. Depending on the severity of your charge, you may be sentenced to taking online courses. You can comply with the judge’s orders and learn in depth why you should not drive drunk by choosing and paying for one of the classes on the website.

Aug 022017
 

One of my new favorite things to do is to color and to draw doodles.  I find it really relaxing and takes me back to a simpler time.  Here are a couple really cute new books from Fox Chapel.

Hygge Happy Coloring Book: Coloring Pages for a  Cozy Life Discover the simple pleasures of hygge, the Scandinavian
 secret of happiness, with this lovely new coloring book for adults. Relax and feel your stress slip away as you focus your mind with creative coloring. Pronounced ‘hoo-guh,’ the Danish term hygge is all about basking in a mellow atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Hygge Happy Coloring Book is packed with classic hygge images of soothing baths, cozy armchairs, delicious snacks, fragrant flowers, warm sweaters, and more. Coloring is the perfect way to slow down, escape the world, and embrace the hygge lifestyle.  Let’s get hygge happy!

 This book you can find HERE.

Notebook Doodles Amazing Me: Coloring &  Activity Book

 Notebook Doodles Amazing Me provides a fun and interactive coloring diary for tweens to keep about themselves. Empowering art activities from talented artist Jess Volinski are designed to build confidence and self-esteem in young girls. Jess also includes instructions on basic coloring techniques, fully colored examples, and motivational quotes to go with every design. Lets Explore
 Color activities make coloring easy for beginners, with fully colored examples and help in choosing colors. Watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and gel pens will all look stunning on archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper. Each one-sided page is perforated, so when it’s finished, it can easily be removed to hang up or give as a gift. This book has earned the DO Magazine Artist
 Fair Trade Seal of Approval.

You can find this book HERE.

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Jul 312017
 

Speech delay is a term that professionals use when describing a child who does not start talking at the same time as his or her peers. When you see your child’s friends chattering away but notice that your own child still does not speak, you might worry and wonder if your child needs speech therapy classes. Speech therapy can help kids but only those who really do have language problems. You’ll want to look for signs that your child has a speech delay and isn’t just as a late bloomer.

Little to No Words

Kids usually say their first words before they turn one, and most children know a few words by this age. They tend to use the same words or similar words. Kids may also develop their own words that describe their parents, siblings or favorite toys. If your child isn’t speaking at all by the time he or she turns one, you’ll want to talk with your doctor. Children will typically learn around one new word a week and will begin using those new words over the coming years.

No Response to Questions

If you want to know if your child has a speech delay, ask your son or daughter a simple question. Though babies and young kids may not know how to respond verbally, they will smile, laugh or offer some type of facial expression. Children who do not respond may have a language delay that keeps them from understanding what you meant by that question. Kids usually learn how to follow simple directions and respond to more detailed questions by the time they reach the two year mark, but you child may have a speech delay that keeps him or her from responding.

Cannot Speak in Sentences

As a parent, you look forward to each milestone in your child’s life. Kids slowly develop strong language skills by the time they reach three or four and skills that allow them to put words together to form sentences. They may speak in shorter sentences of just two or three words, but you should praise them for putting those sentences together. Kids who reach the age of two and still cannot put at least two words together and understand what those words mean may suffer from speech delays.

Suffers Language Problems

One way in which parents can determine if their children suffer from speech delays is with a look at other language problems that some kids experience. When your child reaches the age of three, he or she should know how to speak in a clear enough manners that others can understand the words spoken. Ask others if they can understand what your child says and if the words come through clearly. The South West Kids Clinic and programs offered by other facilities can help kids who have a stutter or other conditions that prevent them from speaking the way they need to before going to school.

Children develop at different rates, which is why you shouldn’t worry if some of your child’s friends starts speaking or putting sentences together before your own child does. Checking your child for some of the signs of a speech delay can help you decide when to put your child into a special program or school.

 

Jul 222017
 

When you want something unique, check out battery operated centerpiece lights at your party, gift, or craft store or to be provided by your professional event planner if you have a wedding, special occasion, or dance coming up and have hired a planner to help make it a big success. Promotional companies also find that these lights make a good giveaway.

The lights add a delightful final touch to any event and make it truly spectacular and a memorable experience for those lucky enough to take part. You or your planner can create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that will stand out compared to other parties that your guests will have attended.

For example, a Maxcolor Cocktail Table Light enables you to no longer be limited to the standard colors such as red, blue, and green. Now you can choose from a wide spectrum of 20 pre-programmed colors and shades such as pink black, blue black, green black, red black, teal black, yellow black, aqua black, spandex green, and spandex red.

This Table Light attaches to poles with a diameter of ¾ inch to two inches. Easy to install, simply remove the table top and install the support bracket on the support pole wherever desired. Then put the light on the bracket pointing either up from the bottom or down from the top.

A Maxcolor Remote Control turns the light on after you have selected your desired DIY create-and-save color mode and also choose from six flash and fade modes. A charging adapter is included so that there is no need for standard batteries, and the brightness is adjustable. Charge time is approximately five hours, and run time is 8-plus hours.

This Table Light can also be used in floral arrangements and as the interior lighting of props.

Fortune Products has been a wholesale distributor of a wide variety of battery operated event decor products since 1985 and manufactures this Table Light. They also have an incredible selection of LED battery operated lights and other items that will truly “light up” your party. Browse through their catalog or give them a call.

Jul 142017
 

When making choices regarding your interior designs, you should pick colors that make your home décor POP. And, while most classic colors are the go-tos, there are at least 4 non-traditional hues that are more expressive and fun.

Purples – Deep, Lavender, and Plum

This color, while vibrant and gorgeous in every shade, made an appearance in home décor in the 70s. But it would now be considered retro. In some cases, especially when paired with orange, the color can be a tacky reminder of the glory days of disco. However, if you want to use this color nowadays, it’s best to go with solids for your walls. Or, accent your home with purple variations, such as lavender for your bedroom and plum for your bathroom.

Yellows – Sunshine, Mustard, and Golden

Yellow can be too stark for some interior designs. But, if you use the right shades, you can achieve a sunny look that boosts your mood and lifts your spirits. In this case, sunshine, mustard, and golden are three of the best paint colors for home décor. But you can also accent larger spaces with yellow accessories, like a daffodil-yellow vase, or a lemon-yellow throw pillow. In perfect contrast, if you choose yellow as a backdrop color, choose a darker tone, like navy blue, as your forefront color.

Orange – Burnt, Pumpkin, and Tangerine

Orange is a delightful color, mostly reserved for Halloween and Thanksgiving. However, it could make an awesome year-round color if you use the right shade for your home. Burnt, pumpkin, and tangerine add up best with darker-toned interior designs, such as rustic brown, forest green, and crimson red. Sure, this is still an awesome October color to commemorate some amazing holidays. But you can use varying shades of orange at any time to add pizazz and spark to your interior designs.

Pinks – Champagne, Pale, and Hot

Commonly associated with a feminine elegance, pink seems to be the go-to color for princess themes in little girls’ bedrooms or newborns’ nurseries. However, pink can be used anywhere, for anyone. There are lots of different shades, but the aforementioned three in the title are the best for home décor.

The aforementioned colors, albeit non-traditional, would make perfect accents and backdrop tones for your interior design. From commercial kitchens for sale, to rental properties, or your own home, to make your interior décor POP, pick a shade, any shade, and get to painting.

Jul 042017
 

For a lot of people, winter and autumn are the perfect seasons for their personal styles. And sure, that time of years lets you enjoy big sweaters, chunky socks, and a soft style that can be incredibly cute. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your style just because the weather is heating up and the sun has come out. A lot of people feel as though they’re left a bit exposed in the summer, feeling uncomfortable showing skin and sticking to clothes that actually end up leaving them kind of uncomfortable. Well, if you really want to make the most of the summertime, it’s time to embrace the styles that will not only keep you comfortable but make you look good while doing it! Here are some things that will help you make the most of your summer style.

 

Your wardrobe

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If you need to take a moment to say goodbye to your autumn and winter clothes, then do it now. Then throw them in your closet and say goodbye to them until the summer is over. It’s time to start enjoying all of the new fashion possibilities that come with this gloriously sunny time of year! From beach sun dresses that make you feel light and comfortable no matter how hot it gets, to elegant maxi dresses that are perfect for garden parties on warm summer evenings. If you want to hang out at home them a light pair of sweatpants or shorts can give your legs the air they need to stop you from overheating. There is no reason why you can’t be both comfortable and fashionable at the same time.

 

Makeup

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Many of us have set makeup styles and palettes that we love to embrace no matter what, but some styles are just better suited to the colder months than others. It’s time to say goodbye to the smokey eyes and dark colors and instead embrace a lighter, more subtle set of tones. The sun is going to do wonders for your skin anyway, so you certainly don’t need to worry nearly as much about giving yourself that glow that so many people want. Be daring with your makeup and try colors that are lighter than you would normally choose. It’s the summertime, have fun with it!

 

Your hair

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What better time for a changeup and a trim than when the sun comes out. Your hair might have been there to keep you warm and comfortable in the cold weather, but there’s a good chance that it’s going to become increasingly annoying as things start to heat up. You’ll find it getting in the way and causing you to overheat a lot of the time. Why not take the bold move and go for a serious chop! Not only does it give you the chance to try out a new style that you may well fall in love with, but it will help you stay a lot more comfortable than if you were dealing with huge amounts of thick, long hair.

 

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