If you cannot find any cardboard big enough to DIY a castle for your little girl, well fret no more. Just get one from Calafant. Crafted from high quality cardboard, this sturdy piece is just perfect for creative play. The kids get to paint the castle in whatever colours they want. Suitable for kids from 6 to 10 years old. Available from Alex and Alexa.
October 31, 2013 by barbara
October 27, 2013 by barbara
Blooming Bath is a plush cuddly cushion that is specially created to create a hassle-free experience while bathing your baby. Made from soft material, it can be pushed into the sink to create a perfect cushioned cradle to wash your baby. When finished, just gently squeeze the excess water and throw it into the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes. Available at DueMaternity.com.
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October 23, 2013 by barbara
No idea what to wear this Halloween? Well just get this Cat Mask from Kate Spade and don your all black outfit and you are good to go. Made of synthetic material.
October 19, 2013 by barbara
This Wedge Bag is just what I have been looking for all these while. I could feel some butterflies in my stomach when I first laid my eyes on it. It is thick, firm and I love the bright lemon yellow colour. This minimalist designed leather bag is just simple modern and gorgeous. Available at ScabbyRobot.com.
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October 15, 2013 by barbara
Saw this really cool umbrella that can change colour when in contact with water. Printed with special ink, the umbrella is white when dry and then turn to different colour withn in contact with water. I just love the idea very much. Now, would you still buy normal umbrella?
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October 11, 2013 by barbara
The Lekue Cooking Mesh are silicone bags which are used to keep everything separate when we are cooking in water. With these mesh, you can easily control cook time and steam seafood quickly. Cooking with Lekue platinum silicone is completely safe. This is the ideal material for manufacturing molds or products that will come into contact with food. The Lekue Cooking Mesh is dishwasher safe. Get them from Amazon now.
October 6, 2013 by barbara
I was walking around the mall yesterday when I saw Native shoes on sale. They are so colourful and bright. Actually I have seen them online and at this shoe store many times but I did not get any for the missy because they are not cheap. However on that day, there was a 50% discount and I was ecstatic. I spotted this one …
Alas, they did not have missy’s size. What a bummer. I guess we will have to try other stores or perhaps wait for another sale to return.
October 5, 2013 by barbara
Once I am done collecting some awesome navy challenge coins, I am going to get myself this pair of cool Reflexology Foot Massage Socks. I love having my foot massaged and with this socks, I know which pressure point to press in order to stimulate my vital organs. It is pretty fun I must say. This pair of socks make a good gift too. Available at Spiral and Circle Gift shop.
October 1, 2013 by barbara
I have been looking around for the right shoes for our upcoming family vacation at the end of this year. There will be lots of walking during this trip so I need a pair of really good walking shoes that is comfortable. I know I can wear sneakers but I prefer something more fashionable like Due by FitFlop. It is built on a super-cushioned and height-enhancing midsole. I love its fun and feminine look. Now I am wondering if I should splurge on a pair of Due Fitflop.
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September 27, 2013 by barbara
For the average bookworm, buying new books in a store can be a drain on your finances. Some books only sell in hardcover formats for $25 or more and unless you use coupons, this could equate to several hundreds of dollars in book-buying per year. While there are certain benefits to buying new (no wear and tear, you can reread it whenever you want, etc.), there are much more affordable alternatives out there:
Good, Old Fashioned Library
In wake of local budget cuts, many libraries have cut their hours or shut their doors entirely. However, unlike that one Twilight Zone’s episode, libraries are not wholly obsolete. They’re still valuable resources for people who’d rather check out books than buy them. Libraries often sell books as well, usually for pennies on the dollar (though don’t expect any well-known bestsellers).
If you’re more of a digital reader, Google Books and Project Gutenberg have thousands of free ebooks in their databases, many of which you can download or read straight from the websites. Newer, popular titles are absent, but if you’re looking for something more obscure or out of print, these two resources might have what you’re looking for at the low cost of $0.
*Don’t forget online book swap communities such as Paperback Swap, where you can swap books with other members and earn points for discounts on books for sale.
Preview Before Purchase
If you’d simply rather buy the book for one reason or another, then be sure to browse through reviews and/or sample chapters prior to making the purchase. This could save you from dumping loads of money on books you either won’t read or won’t like. Amazon is a great resource for this with its “Look Inside” feature (front page, table of contents, and first few pages or “Surprise Me!”).
Once you’ve sorted through which books you really want and which ones don’t look so great after all, buying books for your Kindle, Nook, or other electronic reading device is generally cheaper than buying hard copies. Think about it: the publishing costs are minimal in comparison and there are no shipping costs involved. They may not have the same feel as physical books, but ebooks save both money and trees, plus they can be read from anywhere if you have the cloud feature (e.g., I’m able to read ebooks on the Kindle apps on my smartphone and iPad).
One place to find interesting and/or barely-used books is garage sales. Some people buy books and leave them to gather dust on a bookshelf for years, only to sell them later for a couple quarters. There is also a fun surprise element about garage sales, since you never know what you might stumble upon. Thrift stores are also worth looking into.
This option is especially helpful for students and parents. Students who are in the same class(es) can split the cost of textbooks (used or rented books are always cheaper than brand new). Also, for parents with young children, buying a few picture books and swapping with other parents when your child grows bored with your current collection is another great way to reduce the cost of introducing your child to the exciting world of literature.
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