Sep 202014
 

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I have been looking for some new and fun crochet patterns so when I saw this book Learn Star Stitch Crochet™ I couldn’t wait to get it.  It is a 32-page book that focuses on the simple and textured star stitch in seven fun-to-make projects. Like all of the book I have received the book is well written with step by step instructions on how to do the Star Stitch pattern and then also for each one of the patterns.

IMG_0514I love that the book includes patterns for both adults and children.  The slippers are what I want to work on next.  I have been practicing the stitch and it is pretty easy.  The star stitch is a unique crochet stitch that is a two row pattern repeat. Row 1 is the star base row where the bottom half of the star is made, and in row 2, the star is completed.  I can’t wait to see how my project turns out.

Jenny King, the designer of the book, resides in Queensland, Australia, and is one of the world’s most innovative and diverse crochet designers. Her work ranges from glamorous runway fashions to soft, felted dreadlock dolls and everything in between. Crocheting is her passion, and she considers herself very lucky to have turned her obsession into her profession. She has designed numerous crochet books for Annie’s in the past, including Fashion Wraps™, Figure Flattering Plus-Size Fashions™ and Bavarian Crochet on-the-Go™.

If you would like to purchase Learn to Star Stitch Crochet you can find it HERE at AnniesCatalog.com and also many specialty stores nationwide.

Kaisy1

“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.”

Sep 192014
 

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I remember when I was in high school I had a group of friends that always did everything together.  There was 6 of us that always hung out and we would have slumber parties, go to movies and all kind of things. I remember one time we went to the movie the Shining and were staying at my families house.  Everyone was afraid to go in the family room in the basement after seeing the movie. It would have been great to put everything in a book and be able to go back and read it. me you 2

I found this book called Me, You, Us by Lisa Currie. I think it would be fun to share this with your BFF. It is a great book that features  a spectrum of interactive and open-ended prompts asking you to share  nicknames for each other, memories of first meeting and  dreams of the future. You can pass the book back and forth with  their BFF, use it as a scrapbook of all the good people in their lives.

I think this book would be a great way to save memories.  Years down the road you can go back and read about all the fun times you have had.

You can purchase You, Me, US below at Amazon.com.

I would like to give my copy of You, Me, Us to one of my readers.  You must be 18+ US(48), DC.  Leave a comment on who you would like to give this book too.  Extra entry for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner. Giveaway ends Oct 3,  2014.

Please fill out the form HERE to enter.

Kaisy1

“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.”

 

Sep 192014
 

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One of my nieces has been inspiring me to get out my crochet hooks and get busy.  She just learned how to crochet and her first project was a rippled blanket and it turned out beautiful.  Now she is working a granny square blanket.  So I decide to get out a book I received from Annie’s. Marvelous Crochet Motifs™ is a 64-page book filled with 48 different motifs than can be used in a myriad of projects—including the four in this book. IMG_0513

The book instructs readers how to make a dynamic assortment of motifs to add dimension to works-in-progress or create an artistic, motif-filled project all by itself. In addition to written instructions, each motif is also accompanied by a stitch diagram as a visual aid to crocheters. There are even half motifs included in this book to fill in space or add shape to an otherwise solid afghan, shrug or scarf.

What I really like is that the instructions are very use to read and understand. I haven’t done any crocheting for years and this got me right back on track.  I also love all the examples and different and easy to do patterns.

Ellen Gormley the designer of the book has been crocheting since she was 10 years old.  She began her design career in 2004 and has stitched more than 80 afghans before becoming a full-time crafter. Within the crochet community, Ellen is particularly well-known for her stylish and join-as-you-go designs. She has more than 200 designs from garments and home decor to accessories and afghans. Since early 2014, Ellen has been the new editor for Annie’s Crochet! magazine.

If you would like to purchase this Marvelous Crochet Motifs book you can do so HERE online at Anniescatalog.com or at many specialty stores nationwide.

Kaisy1

“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.”

Sep 192014
 

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MACE and Crossroads Media Hub. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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I have never really thought too much about being safe in my home until about a year ago.  Rex and I moved into an apartment on the ground floor.  Rex works the grave yard shift so he leaves at 7p and comes home after I leave for work.  So I am home ever night by myself. On the 4th of July I had left my window in the bedroom open and the shade open so I could watch the fireworks.  My bed was right under the window. Around 4am I woke up to see a man standing on our porch staring in at me sleeping! I jumped up and he ran.  We had not even lived in the apartment for a month. I was scared and more than that I felt trapped in my own apartment because I couldn’t have the windows open for fear of someone staring at me or breaking in.

When I was little I remember Grandma Peters always had a small baseball bat handy by the door – so Rex bought me “Pumpkin” an orange baseball bat that I now keep by my bed.  I still didn’t feel all that safe.IMG_0700(1)  Like most women and men too we don’t want to feel like we can’t protect our self or be vulnerable.  So I was looking for something that helped make me feel safe again in my home.

Mace Brand Pepper Spray is something I found that I can keep in my home, purse and car to help me feel protected.   Many people think that Mace is different from Pepper Spray but is actually a brand of pepper spray.  Mace Brand Pepper Spray is natural, it is OC and triple filtered water.

In my apartment close to my bed I have this Mace Pepper Gun Distance Defense Spray with Strobe LED in a black matte finish. What I like best about it is when it came it came with a IMG_0698training cartridge with water – so I could practice using it with out anyone getting actually getting sprayed with pepper spray. I like that it has a light on it.

In my purse and car I have a smaller Mace Brand Pepper Spray that came in  a Mace Personal Defense Kit.  This kit included a water practice cartridge too.  You can’t be safe if you don’t know how to use the product.

Rex feels much better now knowing that when he is gone I can protect myself. I feel safer in my home and when I am out and about.  I know how to use both the Gun and the sprays. I think these would be a great addition to anyone’s home. I also think they are great for kids going off to college or moving into their first apartment.  Women who spend a lot of time out at night or in bad areas of town should be prepared and protected.

If you would like to purchase products from Mace Brand you can do so HERE.  Stay connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Kaisy1

 

 

Sep 182014
 

3305b0b2c9e1abfec15d533daee83e0c89d8ebd4Are you looking for a product that does more than just moisturizes?  I may have found something that you will like then. Complete Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Foxbrim.  This product has 1 %  Retinol Moisturizer which is the most effective anti-aging and anti-wrinkle cream available. Even people with sensitive skin can use Complete Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Foxbrim. Foxbrim’s advanced delivery formulation couples Retinol with soothing natural antioxidants for the ultimate skin repair moisturizer. So no dryness, flaking or irritation to worry about.

The vitamin A in this moisturizer helps strengthen your skin’s elasticity and boost collagen production. Unclog pores and reduce overall pore size. Clear acne and reduce redness. Lighten discoloration brought on by sun and environmental damage.

I liked that it contains only natural and organic ingredients.  It has no parabens or additives. I also like how it felt very thick but absorbed into my skin. It didn’t leave it greasy or shiny looking.  I used under makeup. I used it both in the morning and at night before bed. I know with long term use I should see some improvements and younger looking skin.

If you would like to purchase Foxbrim’s Complete Anti-Aging Moisturizer you can purchase it HERE on Amazon.com.


Kaisy1

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sep 182014
 

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Do you want younger looking skin? Fewer lines and wrinkles?  Instead of using serums or face creams you can use Sano Naturals Phytoceramides.  A Facelift in a bottle.  The main ingredient in Plant-Derived Ceramides replenishes the ceramides that your skin loses over time. Studies have shown that Phytoceramides can increase moisture retention which drastically affects the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I really like the idea of taking a capsule in the morning to help my skin look better. That makes my morning routine a bit easier.  How does this work?  When hydrating your skin it makes it softer and more firm.  I don’t know if you ever notice but the more water I drink the better texture my skin has.  These capsules work the same way.

These plant based ceramide capsules contain crucial vitamins for skin A, C, D and E for maximum anti wrinkle, anti aging effects in a 100% vegan capsule. They are made in the USA and at a FDA approved facility.  I like that there are no fillers, no binders and no artificial ingredients.

You can purchase your own Sano Naturals Phytoceramides HERE at Amazon.com.

Kaisy1

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sep 182014
 

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I liked how easy it is to use.  You simply remove the splash proof cover from the steel probe, insert into the thickest part of the meat and in 5 seconds or less, the proprietary sensor registers an extremely accurate internal food temperature.  I also like how fast the temperature appears on the face of the thermometer – it shows in 5 seconds or less.

No more guessing if the chicken or turkey in the oven are done just use my new  EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer and I know! I like how durable the thermometer is. I know it will last a long time and it is easy to clean and stores easily in a drawer. It had batteries included so I could use it right away.

If you would like to purchase your own EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer HERE on Amazon.com.  I am sure you will love it!

Kaisy1

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sep 172014
 

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All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes || (Zondervan, September 2014)

Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

Learn more and purchase a copy on Betsy’s site.

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Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God’s grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

Find out more about Betsy at http://www.betsystamant.com/.

My Review:

I really enjoyed All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes.  Kat works in her Aunt Maggie’s bakery and she is helping her because she is sick.  Aunt Maggie only likes Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry cupcakes.  Kat is a great baker and comes up with all  different flavors of cupcakes at night at home with her long time friend Lucas.  One day he says a cupcake contest on TV and enters Kat into.  She is invited to be one of the competitors and she makes Lucas come along as an assistant.  No one believes she will win.  If she does win she gets a year of baking at Bloom a famous bakery in New York. Now they are on the set of this reality cooking war and Lucas isn’t sure he wants Kat to win and be gone for a year or maybe she will never return to Louisiana if she wins.  What is Lucas to do? Help her win or sabotage her?  You will want to read All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes.

Kaisy1

I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.

Sep 172014
 

FKI think I have mentioned before how I like Shoplet. You can find everything you need there including Office Stationary, Medical Supplies, Office Supplies and even this FireKing E-lock Steel Key Cabinet.

I received this FireKing E-lock Steel Key Cabinet and it is very heavy duty.  I was surprised at how sturdy the cabinet was. It holds 30 keys and is made of heavy-gauge steel.

Electronic locks provide up to eight number keypad codes for enhanced security. Three wrong entries result in an alarm and automatic lockout. The key cabinet offers two manual override keys for emergency opening. Handsome two-tone design also features a low-battery indicator and rich scratch-resistant, Silver Vein powder-coat enamel. Electronic key cabinet includes four AA batteries for operation.

Rex and I weren’t sure we had use for this FireKing E-lock Steel Key Cabinet but we found we have more keys than we thought.  We have an extra key for the mailbox, shed, workout room, my car, his bike and a few others. It is nice to know they are safe and that we always have a back up.  It came with numbered writable white key tags with chrome-plated steel hooks.  It is easy to keep organized and easy to find the keys we are looking for.

You can purchase this FireKing E-lock Steel Key Cabinet HERE at Shoplet.

Kaisy1

“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.”

Sep 152014
 

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I was lucky enough to try the Luscious Lavender.  I loved using it at night before I went to bed. It had lots of lather and the smell was really good.  Lavender always helps relax me and this soap was scented with an essential oil blend of three lavenders.  It left my skin feeling soft and lightly scented. Here is what I loved about this soap:

  • It is organic/vegan
  • Not tested on animals
  • No extra colorants
  • No preservatives
  • Sulphate free
  • Nut free
  • Made in the USA

Keomi Skincare soaps come in 4 different scents including Golden Crown, Sea Breeze, Green Tea Goddess and the Luscious Lavender that I tried.  I really enjoyed using the Luscious Lavender and think it would make a wonderful gift.  You can purchase your own Keomi Skincare soap HERE at Amazon.com.

Kaisy1

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.