Kay Swederski

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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Jul 032017
 

Most people have coffee to help them wake-up – for me it is a shower!  There is nothing like standing under the shower to wake me up. I found some great new limited edition Softsoap at Walmart. They smell fantastic.

The two scents are Blushing Bouquet and Eternal Bloom. The Blushing Bouquet smells like like a floral paradise. It reminds me of spring flowers.   I love how it lathers and how great it smells. The second scent is Eternal Bloom and it has both a bit of fruity and floral scents. I like them both – I feel like I am in a garden surrounded by 100’s of flowers!

After using either scent I noticed how hydrated, smooth and radiant my skin looks. It is soft to the touch and has a fresh smell.  I also like how well the soap rinses off – not leaving any film on my skin.

I have used Softsoap for years and have always thought that it was a good product.  The nice thing is there are a variety of scents, one for everyone.  They also are economically priced even thought they are as good as any higher priced product.

You can find both the Eternal Bloom and the Blushing Bouquet at Walmart until the end of summer – make sure you stock up because they may not be around again!

“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.”

 

Jun 282017
 

Summer is officially here, and one thing on the minds of many people is wedding season. There are very few events that make a summer memorable like a couple’s nuptial extravaganza. It’s a time for celebrating the union of two unique individuals, and spending time with extended family and friends. It’s also wonderful to see the new themes in attire and aesthetics that the wedding planners choose.

Deciding to be Different

Everyone respects and admires traditional wedding themes. These include black and white formals, large bouquets, a stretch limo, and flowing champagne. It also means an abundance of fine jewelry. Glittering white diamonds are the standard choice, but some people decide to gain attention with other types of jewelry.

Fine jewelry doesn’t just represent a union, it should boldly state the personalities and mutual interests of the couple. For instance, some couples opt for a wedding ceremony that is casual and full of natural world items because they love an active outdoor lifestyle. Perhaps, their deep-rooted belief in environmental concerns is the most important thing to them. They could have fallen in love during an outdoor excursion. For a couple like this, toned-down gemstone jewelry is the ticket. They can display everything from garnets and regional geodes, to sapphires and precious metals. They can even exchange craft jewelry that is handmade by trade artisans at dealers like Brilliant Earth.

Belief and Dedication

For many modern couples, it is not enough to only be dedicated to each other. It is also important to be dedicated to the beliefs that brought them together in the first place. Again, an extremely common ideal for modern couples is environmental awareness. To ensure that all the jewelry featured at a wedding comes from preferred sources, some couples insist that all the pieces are made through ethical practices. This means buying stones and metals that are extracted, fashioned, and sold through industries with high human and environmental standards.

Extremely luxurious alternative wedding jewelry collections are available through fine jewelers. These companies will always be able to prove their design’s origins and authenticity. Wonderful pieces with components like opals and white gold are growing in popularity. It is also wonderful to choose jewelry options featuring environmental themes. Precious metals can be stamped with personalized custom runes, symbols, and lettering that exclaim the philosophical, religious, and lifestyle underpinnings of a couple’s mutual commitments.

Less Expense and More Meaning

It doesn’t take breaking the bank to show love through fine jewelry. Some couples choose to go “all out” on jewelry expense, and that is wonderful! Other couples however, prefer pieces with everlasting meaning, rather than a huge price tag. A fantastic way to achieve the latter is through planning ahead, and taking advantage of online jeweler coupons.

Some of the aforementioned jewelry options are available through jewelers who only sell their items through brick and mortar stores, or through select online affiliates. Sites like Brilliant Earth not only feature entire traditional and non-traditional jewelry catalogs, but rare coupon codes and incentives for shopping. Sources like this can help a couple achieve the goal of inspiring guests, while saving money for their new start together.

Few elements in a wedding ceremony symbolize and capture the essence of the couple like jewelry choice. There are many ways to display passion, glamor, couture, and personal style. Couples taking the matrimonial leap this summer should consider a jewelry collection that makes it truly memorable.

 

Jun 092017
 

Complete Guide to Bible Journaling: Creative Techniques to Express Your Faith (Fox Chapel Publishing) by designer, inspirational speaker, and author of the Zenspirations® book series Joanne Fink introduces a powerful new way to engage with Scripture through art. Along with co-author Regina Yoder, who is a women’s ministry leader, the pair offers lettering, drawing, painting, and crafting techniques and inspirations to provide artistic new ways to reflect on Scripture.

Both Fink and Yoder are currently available for interviews and can discuss

  • Simple ways to hand-letter and illustrate your favorite verses
  • Tips and techniques for using stencils, colored pencils, watercolors, acrylic paints, rubber stamps, washi tape, and more
  • How Bible journaling is a unique way to connect passion and faith
  • Examples from Bible journalers who report that Bible journaling provides opportunities to deepen faith
  • How the Bible journaling trend took off, after the rise of the coloring book craze, and opened a welcoming and warm community of crafters
  • How some crafters choose to illustrate directly within their Bibles and how some choose to illustrate on paper next to their Bible

I love to doodle and draw. I was excited to start Journaling. The Complete Guide to Bible Journaling: Creative Techniques to Express Your Faith has so many pages of helpful information.  I like the sections on different medias.  The book gives you examples of lettering and layouts are great!  I also like the section that has featured artist.  They talk about how they started journaling and their love of the Bible.

Throughout the book there are lots of ideas and tips. Another favorite is the bonus section – there are stickers, tabs, journaling and vellum designs.  I am having so much fun designing page after page.  It is so much fun to sit down and draw. It helps me relax and I actually can draw better than I thought!

You can buy your own copy below and start Bible Journaling today!

“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.”

Jun 062017
 

I am not sure I mentioned it or not I am getting married next year!  So that being said I need to lose weight – I want to look good going down the aisle with everyone looking at me.  I am always looking for something that is low in calories but high on flavor.  That is why I really like these Almondina® Toastees.  They have a lot of flavor and are crispy. They are the perfect treat!

Toastees™ flavors include:

Cranberry Almond – the toasted goodness of premium almonds combined with the

                                   tang of dried cranberries

Sesame Almond – healthy sesame flavor with almonds making snacking or

                                spreads equally enticing

Coconut Orange Almond – the citrus comes through with the dual nuttiness of toasted

                                              coconut and almond making this a perfect anytime snack

I think I like the Coconut Orange almond the best – but they all really have a lot of flavor. I like them for an afternoon pick me up.  The nice thing is that they have no cholesterol, no added fat, salt, trans fat, or preservatives and is dairy free.  Toastees™ also has 1 to 2 grams of protein and only 60 – 70 calories per serving (4 pieces). Deliciously Snackable & Crunchy! 

About YZ, Enterprises, Inc. and Almondina®: YZ Enterprises, Inc. is located in Maumee, Ohio and is the manufacturer of Almondina Brand Biscuits (www.almondina.com). Founded in 1989 YZ is entering its 25th year of providing unique all-natural, delicious, healthful products.

Almondina® is the inspiring success story of a man who had a great love of wonderful food. For generations his family loved his grandmother Dina’s most secret cookie, which she called Petit Gateau Sec. Long after his grandmother’s death, Yuval Zaliouk, Owner and CEO of YZ Enterprises, Inc., became aware that the remarkable characteristics of this addictively delicious but extremely nutritious cookie fell squarely in line with the growing demands of health-conscious consumers.  Within seven years, having started baking in his kitchen, the cookies (renamed Almondina® after Dina, his grandmother), were available in all fifty states, sought after in seven foreign countries, and had brought him recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year.

You can find Almondina® products all over including at one of my favorite stores Trader Joes.  Toastees are being carried coast-to-coast by stores including all Sprouts Markets, Bed Bath & Beyond, Publix, Giant Eagle, Lowes Foods, Fairway Markets, Kroger Michigan,  Amazon, Almondina.com  and others.

“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.”

 

 

 

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Jun 062017
 

When you’re interested in celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, a seafood restaurant is a perfect place to eat with your family members and friends. Enjoying delicious cuisine in a high-end setting will allow you to make memories throughout the year. When you’re considering where you want to dine on your evening out, there are a few benefits of visiting a seafood restaurant in the local area.

Fresh Cuisine

Seafood restaurant offers plenty of flavors and will allow you to enjoy fresh cuisine that is prepared in a variety of ways. From crab cakes to fresh lobster tail, several different menu items accommodate various types of palates. You’ll feel pampered once you’re served fine cuisine that is prepared with fresh ingredients.

Luxurious Environment

Most seafood restaurants offer a comfortable environment with the furnishings and decor that is used. You can enjoy dressing up and feeling pampered by the staff by dining in a beautiful setting that will prove to be memorable.  Seafood restaurants in Allen TX offer an intimate environment that allows you to enjoy plenty of romance with your spouse while going out on a date.

Healthy Choices

Seafood restaurants serve an extensive list of healthy choices for those who want to enjoy a fresh meal that is guilt-free. The menu items will have lower calories and a high nutritional value with omega-3 fats. The different fish items are also known to have plenty of protein, which can make you feel energized and more alert. The seafood can also allow you to intake your calcium intake and can also benefit those who have diabetes. It is also known to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes while also lowering blood pressure levels when consuming tuna, trout, mackerel, herring, and salmon.

Enjoy Good Conversation

You can strengthen your relationships with family members and friends while dining at a seafood restaurant where you’ll enjoy good conversation. You can have an escape from your busy schedule and recharge when you need a break from work or your household responsibilities. The music, fun environment, and laidback atmosphere will allow you to relax an forget about your worries.

By getting out and dining at a seafood restaurant, you can have a memorable experience in a beautiful environment. With high-end cuisine and fresh options available, it will prove to be a valuable time away from home where you can relax and indulge in delicious cuisine.