Shari’s Berries Hand Dipped Spring Cherries For Mother’s Day

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If you are still looking for an affordable gift for your Mom for Mother’s Day, then take a look at Shari’s Berries. They have quite a few selections available for any occasion in a range of prices starting at just $19.99. You can choose from cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pretzels, tea gift baskets, flowers, salted caramels, and much more. I tried the Hand Dipped Spring Cherries, and they were absolutely delicious. 

Hand Dipped Spring Cherries

Hand Dipped Spring Cherries

We received two boxes of ten hand dipped maraschino cherries. They were covered in white chocolate that was colored from plain white to various shades of pink. They were very pretty when plated, and were so juicy! Fabgrandpa and I shared them, eating just a few each night, and making them last for four days. They were just the right amount of YUM for after dinner. 

If you have never tried Shari’s Berries, you should seriously give them some consideration for gifts this spring, whether for Mother’s Day, for a Graduate, for Father’s Day, or even just for an “I love you” gift for any time.  The Chocolate Covered Strawberries are one of my favorite things that Shari’s sells. One or two of these luscious chocolate covered strawberries is all you need for a great dessert or treat. 

Shari's Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Shari’s Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries

There is still time to order a treat for your mother or for yourself for delivery before Mother’s Day. Get on over there and get some for your family

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Tobi Tobin Chalet Holiday Candle Collection

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Tobi Tobin Chalet Holiday Candle Collection

Tobi Tobin Chalet Holiday Candle Collection

The Tobi Tobin “Chalet” Holiday Candle is a sublime blend of fragrances which include invigorating wood, pine and eucalyptus oil and comforting cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger and nutmeg. The final touch of sandalwood and Middle Eastern frankincense creates an even more uplifting effect.

The Wall Street Journal selected this candle as one of the “best of 2014.” Stellar clients such as Ryan Murphy, Sean Combs, Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kevin Costner, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg, Diane Sawyer, Chelsea Handler, Bob Dylan and Renée Zellweger have repeatedly selected this Tobi Tobin candle as their top choice for holiday gifting. 

The Tobi Tobin “Chalet” Holiday Candle is available at​.

About Tobi Tobin: 

Founded in 2008 T​obi Tobin is a luxury lifestyle brand rooted in historical design and principles reinterpreted for the present. The candle collection of 18 home fragrances, including seven newly released​ is inspired by the brand’s mission statement: fragrance reminds us all of architecture, environment, and ultimately of our place. Tobi Tobin is launching nine unisex personal fragrances in two sizes of 1.7 oz. and 3.3 oz. for Fall 2015.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Charles Viancin Kitchen Accessories

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Beautiful Poppy Lids for b bowls or pots and pans.

Beautiful Poppy Lids for b bowls or pots and pans.

Charles Viancin has a wonderfully beautiful selection of silicone lids, potholders, cutting boards, and other kitchen accessories for under $30 each. I love the Poppy lids. They can be used on bowls to keep bugs out of food, and to help keep it warm before a meal; or on pots and pans that have no lids while cooking to prevent splatters. The lids are 11″ in diameter so they will fit a large variety of container. Since they’re made of silicone, they can go in the oven, on the stove, and in the microwave. See their accessory products here. 

Charles Viancin has a large variety of styles and colors.

Charles Viancin has a large variety of styles and colors.

In addition to Poppy, they also have Grape, LillyPad, Hibiscus, Sunflower, and more to choose from. These are perfect for the foodie, the hostess, a newlywed, or even for a housewarming gift. And, they make great stocking stuffers! 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Vim & Vigr Compression Socks

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Your friends and relatives who fly a lot, either for work or leisure, will love to get a pair of these VIM & VIGR  Compression Legwear. Compression socks have always been associated with hospitals to me, and they look like the medical compression socks you are given to wear after you have surgery, or have to lay in bed a long time. The socks from VIM & VIGR, however, are so pretty! You won’t believe they are actually compression socks.


VIM & VIGR Women’s Fun Stripes, Blue and Gray Compression Socks


VIM & VIGR Women’s Nautical Stripes, Fuscia and Light Brown Compression Socks

VIM & VIGR Women's Compression Socks

VIM & VIGR Women’s Nautical Stripes Navy and Cream Compression Socks


VIM & VIGR, a line of high-quality compression socks for men and women, works to combat cankles and the detriments of poor blood circulation that is common during travel. VIM & VIGR Compression Legwear for women come in lots of pretty styles and colors, from knee hi socks to tights to sleeves, and retail from $24.95 for the sleeves to $49.95 for tights.


VIM & VIGR Men’s Compression Socks Straight Up Argile Charcoal & Orange

VIM & VIGR Men's Compression Socks

VIM & VIGR Men’s Compression Socks Straight Up Argile Black & Brick


VIM & VIGR Men’s Thick Stripe Dark Brown & Brick


The Men’s VIM & VIGR Compression Socks retail for between $32.95 to $34.95  a pair. Your traveling friends will thank you!

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Books For The DIY’er From Quarto Books

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Everyone knows the do-it-yourselfer, that girl or guy who always has a project going on. These books are perfect gifts for the D-I-Y’er on your list:

The 5-Gallon Bucket

The 5-Gallon Bucket

The ubiquitous five-gallon bucket can do more than carry things!  It can also be hacked, hot-rodded, reengineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, and hobbyists.  Each project has simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects.  The wealth of projects collected in this book includes inventions that range from useful to just plain fun, and from as simple as it gets to fairly involved. These can serve apartment dwellers (Small-Room Air Conditioner, page 12); homeowners (Cyclone Dust Collector, page 34) and their children (Air Cannon, page 94); small farmers (Chicken Feeder, page 72); hobbyists (Post-Mounted Birdhouse, page 137); and even back-to-the-land homesteaders and survivalists (Camping and Composting Toilet, page 48).  The odds are good you’ll find something to make that’s fun and handy!  Available for purchase at Quarto and retails for $19.95. It is also available at in paperback or for Kindle.

Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook

Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook

Every homeowner should know the answer to these questions, and many more, but keeping up with every little thing can be a challenge. It helps if you have a system! That’s where the Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook comes in. This book tells you what you need to know, how to get the information, and gives you lots of room to keep records about everything you do to your home, including:

  • House History
  • Financial Information and Warranties
  • Scheduled Maintenance Log
  • Appliances
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Repair Projects
  • Decorative Log including Paint & Floor Coverings
  • Outdoor Areas & Home Exterior

Why not just use a blank notebook? Because the Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook is full of photos, illustrations, and tips to help you decode every system in your house, such as how to read a water meter or estimate the shelf life of paint.

The book is organized in four segments. The first three, “Understanding Your Home”, “Your Home’s Systems”, and “Your Appliances” gives a tour of the various components and systems of a home that need ongoing vigilance, inspection and maintenance. These are organized with intuitive logic, starting from the roof, moving down to the foundations and landscape, then moving indoors to examine the structural and surface elements, like walls and floors, and examining the appliances and other add-ons. The fourth section, “Home Logbook” is the journal itself, where the homeowner can document everything that has been done to the home, or who to call when your home needs attention.

Two large pockets attached to the back cover help you securely store receipts, warranties, manuals, and other documents, so you won’t have to scramble to find your plumber’s phone number during an emergency!  Whether you’re an avid-do-it-yourselfer or a novice to the complexities of owning a home, the Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook is the all-in-one repository for keeping track of everything that’s done to your home

Preview the book here: Available for purchase at Quarto and retails for $24.99.  Also available on in Flexbound.

Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide to Raising Animals

Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide to Raising Animals

Parents and young kids now have a go-to resource to get started on raising chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, cows, horses, and rabbits. Written so parents and kids can read the book together, it’s filled with essential information, from choosing the right ones animals, to the work, time, and space that’s needed. Each chapter on each animal has four sections. “What Makes Them Tick” discusses food and water needs, hygiene, instincts and the animals’ social needs.  “What Makes Them Sick” includes signs and causes of illness, medical supplies and vaccination info.   “Where Do They Live” covers housing the animals.  “What Can They Give” covers just that – from the various by products each animal gives – from food to milk to the usefulness of excrement.

Kids have helped take care of animals for generations, learning responsibility and self-reliance  in the process. Barnyard Kids gives kids and parents the tools to dream about and plan for raising farm animals, empowering anyone who reads it to imagine a life with farm animals and make it real.

Preview the book here: Available for purchase at Quarto and retails for $24.99. Also available at in Flexbound and for Kindle.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #10Aziam Girlz Yoga Dolls

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Asana Aziam Girlz Doll

Asana Aziam Girlz Doll

Celebrity yoga-instructor Alanna Zabel (among her clients, Adam Levine, Kelly Lynch, various NBA and PGA players, etc.), is changing the way kids look at fitness. She’s created the AZIAM Girlz, theWorld’s First Yoga Doll™ collection -the dolls that empower, inspire, and do yoga – with proceeds of sales donated to charities that encourage better living and health.

Alanna Zabel, the creator of Aziam Girlz Yoga Dolls

Alanna Zabel, the creator of Aziam Girlz Yoga Dolls

With childhood obesity rates more than doubling in the last 30 years, using toys is one way to teach kids about the importance of health and fitness.  AZIAM Girlz inspires young girls everywhere to appreciate their unique selves and practice a healthy, grounded lifestyle during playtime and beyond. It truly is a doll to continue fostering a healthier generation.

Alanna creatively merged modern-day play patterns of young girls today with the ancient philosophy of Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga. Self-funding the five year development process, Alanna poured her passion into the collections, with the focused intention of providing young girls with a doll that is not solely focused on looking glamorous but instead is focused on positive states of being and giving back while inspiring girls to be active, kind, and love themselves AZ.I.AM.

A percentage of profits from the sale of each Asana Doll benefit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, dedicated to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. Nama the Om Dawg is the pet companion of Asana. (The plush doll version speaks, “Nama-STAY” when his belly is squeezed). 10% of Nama doll sales benefit Karma Rescuededicated to saving animals in need by finding them permanent homes and providing the resources for successful companionship.

Here are ten Yoga poses girls and their moms can do together:

Helicopter Pose

Helicopter Pose

1. Helicopter Pose: One of Asana’s favorite poses! Start on your hands and knees. Extend your right arm forward at the same time extend your left leg back. Feel the strength building in your back as you stretch and lift. Hold for 8 breaths and switch sides. I AM Active! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Downward Facing Dog

Plank Pose

2. Plank: “Ya, I’m a girl,” says Asana, “A very strong girl.” Hold the top of a push-up for 8 breaths. Keep your shoulders over your wrists and your hips lifting for good form. I AM Strong! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz


Cobra Pose

3. Cobra: Lay on your stomach, then press your upper body up into backbend. Great stretch for your spine while building strength in your back. On days when she feels more flexible, Asana also bends her knees reaching her toes toward the back of her head for a greater stretch. Hold for 8 breaths. I AM Flexible! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz


Downward Facing Dog Pose

4. Downward Facing Dog: Every Yoga Girl loves Down Dog! Try to get your heels down towards the floor by pushing your hips and legs back. Spread your fingers as you push into your hands. Hold for 8 breaths. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz


Camel Pose

5. Camel: Start on your knees with your hands on your lower back. If it feels OK try reaching both hands for your heels. If that doesn’t feel right today, keep your hands on your lower back while stretching back into a backbend. Push your hips forward to get more stretch. Great form! Hold for 5-8 breaths. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Pigeon Pose

Pigeon Pose

6. Pigeon: One of the greatest yoga poses to stretch our your hips, legs, and lower back. Try to hold for 1-2 minutes, although Asana will want to stay in the pose for longer. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Mermaid Pose

Mermaid Pose

7. Mermaid: Asana’s second favorite pose! You get so many benefits here: hip and leg stretch, backbend, as well as your chest and shoulders opening. Hold for 5-8 breaths. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Yoga Bicycles

Yoga Bicycles

8. Yogi Bicycles: Lay on your back and alternate lifting your right elbow to your left knee, and then switch. The extending leg will stay above the ground for greater ab work. Keep going for 1 minute! Asana exhales on each twist, follow along with her. I AM Fit! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Wheel Pose

Wheel Pose

9. Wheel: Who doesn’t love wheel pose?! Lay on your back with your feet flat on the floor under your knees. Then flip your hands onto the floor with your thumbs next to your ears. Then push your hips upward, opening into the ultimate stretch for the front of your legs, hips, abdomen, and chest. Hold for 5-8 breaths. Keep practicing – as Asana knows, this gets easier with practice. I AM Committed! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz


Final Resting Pose: Savasana

10. Savasana: Asana’s favorite pose! Allow your body to rest, as it is just as important to rest as it is to work-out. Imagine you are floating on a raft in a pool, nowhere to go, nothing to do. Just be. I AM perfect, AZIAM. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Asana the AZIAM Yoga doll is available for purchase at the AZIAM website, and retails for $29.95.