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  1. Native Shoes For Girls

    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.


  2. Reflexology Socks For Health

    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.

     


  3. Good Walking Shoes

    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.

     

     

     


  4. Six Great Ways to Save on the Cost of Books

    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).

    Online Resources
    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!”).

    eBooks
    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).

    Garage Sales
    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.

    Share Books
    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.


  5. French Toast The French Way

    September 22, 2013 by barbara

    Fancy having a bit of French on your French toast?  Well get these cute bread stamps from Fred & Friends and stamp it on your toast or baguette.  Pop it in Le Toaster and imagine yourself having breakfast along Champs Elysee.  Tres Chic!

     

     

     


  6. Green Food Bag

    September 18, 2013 by barbara

    If you are fond of using paper food bags, then you may want to take a look at Foodbag from Unikia.com.  It is 100% reusable  and is made of BPA-Free silicone.  FoodBag is dishwasher safe and can be rolled for more compact storage.  A very practical and gorgeous alternative to the large and bulky lunchbox.


  7. Know Your Drink

    September 14, 2013 by barbara

    How many times have you been to a party or the bar and then lost track of your glass?  Well with these cute butterfly charms, you do not have to worry about losing your glass or mistakenly took someone else’s anymore.  These butterflies can attach easily on to your glass and stay put all night.  They come in six different colours to make each glass unique.  They can be removed and reused.  Available at Unikia.com.


  8. PinPres

    September 4, 2013 by barbara

    This PinPres shelf reminds me of the pin toy games I used to play when I was a kid.  Do you remember this?  Ok back to this shelf.  It is made of natural pin plywood and is great for keeping the room neat.  It can hold toys, books and just about anything.  It is 100% handmade.  Check out Ooomydesign.com.


  9. Decor for the children’s room

    August 30, 2013 by barbara

    This cloud from LandofNod.com is so cute!  No it is not made of cotton candy nor is it made of water vapor.  This white cloud-shaped corkboard is just perfect for the children’s room.  A nice place to attach notes and little knick-knacks.   It comes with double-sided adhesive strips and adhesive magnet strip to hang on a wall or magnetic surface.

     


  10. FUROSHIKI

    August 25, 2013 by barbara

    I love this simple textile which I saw at Art & Article.  This large furoshiki cloth can be used as an apron, a tote for carrying groceries and produce, a bread bag, something to transport potluck and meals, a table cloth or even a reusable gift wrap.  The possibilities are endless.    I would love to get a few and use them as gift wrap.  Actually I would love it if someone were to gift me a Furoshiki.   I can do so much with it.