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  1. Music and Wine

    February 25, 2014 by barbara

    My brother-in-law’s birthday is just around the corner.  His wife is organizing a birthday party for him to celebrate his 40th birthday.   It is going to be a fun celebration.  I have been cracking my head what to get him for his birthday. Actually I found a vox amplug metal headphone amp which I think he would like since he loves listening to music all the time.  Then I was also contemplating on getting him this nifty wine bottle holder – Lasso Bottle Holder as he is into drinking wine.  Decisions, decision.


  2. Memo Holders For Desks

    February 21, 2014 by barbara

    Here is something to brighten up your work desk.  Wanda the fish and her friends can be used  to display memos, photos or whatever little notes you may have.  They also gently sway at the slightest touch or wind, creating a floating aquarium on your desk.  This gives out a calming and relaxing effect.  They are made of acryl with zink aloy base.  Available in 4 different colours.  Get them now from Monkey Business.

  3. Spoon Saver

    February 17, 2014 by barbara

    This Hug Doug spoon saver is so darn cute!  Sure looks like Doug is very protective over its kitchen utensils and trying hard to make sure that they don’t disappear into the soup or make a mess in the kitchen.  Clingy Doug is a very helpful kitchen knick-knack to have.  Made with silicone and available in red only.  Check out Monkey Business if you want to bring Doug home.

  4. Stuff I Want To Hide

    February 13, 2014 by barbara

    Once I am done ordering the 22″ drawer slides for my kitchen drawers, I am going to get myself some boxes for storage. I spotted these humorous storage boxes from Anthropologie.  They are great for storing away some of my craft items, old documents and other knick-knacks around the house.  I also need a few to store away some old toys for memories.  Oh, I may have some secrets stash too.


  5. Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    February 10, 2014 by barbara

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Still haven’t got the gift for your loved one yet?  Well here is something which she may like – Library of Flowers Wildflower and Fern Bubble Bath from Shop Terrain. This relaxing bubble bath blends replenishing cocoa butter with soothing extracts of green tea, ginger and lemongrass.   There is nothing more soothing that a bubble bath that leaves the skin soft and smelling like flowers.


  6. Everybody Can Do a Little DIY – And That Means You

    February 6, 2014 by barbara

    There are some jobs you should leave to the experts and there are many which you should tackle yourself. Some painting and decorating jobs may be a little tricky but everybody can learn how to paint a wall . . . and that means you.



    We’ve all heard the excuses. I don’t have the time. My arms get tired. I haven’t got the right equipment. I don’t such as the smell. I’m not tall enough to reach the top of the wall and that i don’t use a step-ladder.

    Let’s rewind to this last potential problem – I’m not tall enough to reach the top of the wall. Let me ask just this one question . . . who may be? You don’t even need to have a step-ladder nowadays, it can be this kind of bind always having to climb down the steps to move the ladder across every 5 minutes – then climb backup – then climb back again.

    There exists another way – drywall stilts. They are awesome, they may be lightweight, safe and they move when you do. Check out the great selection on

    Okay, back to business – painting and decorating made easy. One thing to remember is one of the most important parts of decorating and painting happens before you even get a brush with your hand – a professional job needs professional quality preparation. Before you start to color the results will probably be much better, when your ceilings and walls are in a good state.

    • Make sure that the walls / ceilings are free and clean from smooth, dust and dry. Rinse using clean water by leaving them to dry if your walls are a little dirty let them have a wash down using sugar soap.

    • Be sure that you remove any blemishes brought on by new plaster.

    • The order of things is also important – start out with the ceiling, then paint the walls and leave any woodwork till the end.

    • Brush, Roller or Paint Pad? – Whatever you use for the majority of your painting job you will also need to use a brush. Rollers and paint pads cannot go into those awkward corners likewise that a smallish brush can. Rollers and pads are perfect for larger, straight or flat surfaces like the majority of walls and ceilings but you’ll need a brush for the corners and the tricky bits.

    • Paint rollers are best used slowly otherwise you will find yourself and your surroundings covered with a splattering of the paint. If necessary, Rollers can be linked to longer poles for ceilings.


    Different sized paint pads are compatible with different areas. Use a 200mm paint pad for the ceilings and walls along with a smaller 30mm / 50mm paint pad is useful for cutting in. Keep your pad flat against the wall whilst you are painting moving randomly all over the surface but finish off with long, straight strokes.

    You’ll be surprised at how a fresh lick of paint can really help to transform a tired looking room. Whether you fancy a change of color (you will need more than one coat of paint if you are going from dark to light colors) or whether you just want to freshen up among the rooms in your house this is one DIY project which you should be able to tackle yourself. Remember to hide the carpets and furniture when you haven’t removed them and wear old clothes – no matter how careful you are you’re sure to get some paint on the clothes.

  7. Brighten Up 2-Minute Teeth Whitener

    February 1, 2014 by barbara

    Here is an easy and effective way to improve your smile instantly.  The Brighten Up 2-Minute Teeth Whitener from Paula’s Choice works quickly to whiten teeth and eliminate common stains such as coffee, red wine and berries.  It features a balm-like texture and freshens up the breath with a natural mint flavor.  It is 100% fragrance free and safe for use on professional whitened teeth.



  8. Hoop Earrings For Short Bob Hair

    January 30, 2014 by barbara

    Am a bit crazy over loop earrings now. My hair is shoulder length and it’s curly since I permed it about 2 weeks ago. So I thought loop earrings may look nice on me. I have been checking out the accessories shop for some loop earring to add to my collection. I stumbled upon these Heart Cluster Hoop earrings at Kris Nation yesterday. They are too cute and I wouldn’t mind wearing them.

  9. Grammy Awards 2014

    January 29, 2014 by barbara

    Did anyone watch the Grammy Awards a few days ago?  If yes, then which one was your favourite performance?  Did you favourite singer win the Grammy?  I love the performance by Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk in their rendition of Get Lucky.  This retro dance-flavored music is very catchy and I really enjoyed it.  The jamming session with the music legends, the retro recording booth complete with neon lights and possibly behringer amps as well as electronic sounds from the white robots really brought the house down.


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  10. BoomBox Lunch Box

    January 29, 2014 by barbara

    This Aquarius Boombox Lunch Box is pretty darn cute. It reminds me of the 80’s when we used to blast the boombox listening to Michael Jackson and Madonna. It is so old-school and retro. This thin lunch box has nice graphics too.   I wonder if the kid would like to have this to bring her lunch to school.  I sure won’t mind one myself.   Available at