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Quirky Cool Gifts

January 22, 2014

Know someone who prefers the quirky and cool over the traditional and classic?  If so, here are some fun gift ideas for that person in your life:

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GREAT KID PLAYHOUSES

October 13, 2013

Playhouses for kids are the perfect “Splurge” holiday present because it’s the gift that will give for years.  Playhouses for kids provide children with the private space they need and the backdrop for hours of imaginative play.  They are made for either indoors or outdoors — just depends upon how big your house is.  Here’s a collection of some inspiring playhouses for your little ones:

FAMILY PAJAMA SETS

October 10, 2013

Family Pajama Sets are the BEST gifts for the holidays, even for the deepest cynic.  Family pj sets are practical (who couldn’t use a new pair of pajamas every once in a while) and yes, they will bring the family together… even if it’s only for that one holiday afternoon photo op!  The biggest fans of Family PJ sets?  The kids, of course!  Bury your inner cynic for just a day.  It’ll be worth the memories.

CUTE ANIMAL SLIPPERS

October 10, 2013

Cute animal slippers — Yes!  We’re on the prowl for them.  Why?  We love whimsy.  These animal slippers are designed for adults even though, they bring out the child in all of us.  Who needs to be serious all the time?  Feet can be warm and still conjure up the kid in all of us.

FUNNY PET COSTUMES

September 15, 2013

These funny pet costumes are too good to pass up!    Dressing your dog up for Halloween has never been more fun.  These are the cutest costumes we could find our dogs!

Holy Hound Dog Costume $15 at PET360

Holy Hound Dog Costume
$13 at TOTALLY COSTUMES

Butterfly Dog Costume $15 at PARTY AMERICA

Butterfly Dog Costume
$15 at PARTY AMERICA

Triceratops Dog Costume $9 at AMAZON

Triceratops Dog Costume
$9 at AMAZON

Pirate Girl Pet Dog Costume $49 at WAYFAIR

Pirate Girl Pet Dog Costume
$49 at WAYFAIR

Superman Dog Costume $15 at DC Entertainment

Superman Dog Costume
$15 at DC ENTERTAINMENT

Prisoner Pet Dog Costume $30 at MOON COSTUMES

Prisoner Pet Dog Costume
$30 at MOON COSTUMES

Animal Planet Lion Dog Costume $13 at 168HalloweenCostumes

Animal Planet Lion Mane Dog Costume
$13 at 168HALLOWEENCOSTUMES.COM

Lady Is A Tramp Dog Pet Costume $30 at HALLOWEEN EXPRESS

Lady Is A Tramp Dog Pet Costume
$30 at HALLOWEEN EXPRESS

Bloomin' Snout Pet Flower Costume $12 at THE PARTY WORKS

Bloomin’ Snout Pet Flower Costume
$12 at THE PARTY WORKS

Lil Stinker Skunk Dog Costume $16 at BAXTER BOO

Lil Stinker Skunk Dog Costume
$16 at BAXTER BOO

Rasta Dog Costume $16 at PETFLOW

Rasta Dog Costume
$16 at PETFLOW

Acme Dynamite Dog Costume $9 at PETSMART

Acme Dynamite Dog Costume
$9 at PETSMART

Pop Queen (aka Madonna) Dog Costume $23 at PURE COSTUMES

Pop Queen (aka Madonna) Dog Costume
$23 at PURE COSTUMES

Wonder Woman Deluxe Pet Costume $17 at HOLLYWOOD TOYS AND COSTUMES

Wonder Woman Deluxe Pet Costume
$17 at HOLLYWOOD TOYS AND COSTUMES

Monkey Dog Costume $28 at SCRAPPY'S CLOSET

Monkey Dog Costume
$28 at SCRAPPY’S CLOSET

His Majesty The King Dog Costume $12 at GLAMOUR DOG

His Majesty The King Dog Costume
$12 at GLAMOUR DOG

Grr-antula Dog Costume $22 at FUNNY FUR

Grr-antula Dog Costume
$22 at FUNNY FUR

Star Wars AT AT Walker Dog Costume $18 at AMAZON

Star Wars AT AT Walker Dog Costume
$18 at AMAZON

Cha Cha Carmen Dog Costume $28 at PURE COSTUMES

Cha Cha Carmen Dog Costume
$28 at PURE COSTUMES

Hot Dog Costume $17 at ORIENTAL TRADING

Hot Dog Costume
$17 at ORIENTAL TRADING

FUN UMBRELLAS

September 9, 2013

Don’t wait for the rainy season to buy a stylish, fun umbrella!   You’ll have the umbrella for years (if you don’t leave it somewhere) and a good umbrella will do its job better than a cheap it — it’ll keep all of you dry!   With these,  you’ll be easy to spot in the crowd AND they’ll bring a smile when the rest of the world is frowning at the rain.

Handmade Italian Umbrella 4 $250 at ILLESTEVA

Handmade Italian Umbrella 4
$250 at ILLESTEVA

London Undercover Camo Umbrella $183 at J. CREW

London Undercover Camo Umbrella
$183 at J. CREW

Makenzie-Childs Bumbershoot Umbrella $88 at NEIMAN MARCUS

Makenzie-Childs Bumbershoot Umbrella
$88 at NEIMAN MARCUS

Love Love Love Umbrella $70 at TRAY 6

Love Love Love Umbrella
$70 at TRAY 6

Felix Rey "Singing In The Rain" Umbrella $65 at OVERSTOCK

Felix Rey “Singing In The Rain” Umbrella
$65 at OVERSTOCK

Heart-Shaped Umbrella $50 at VIOLA

Heart-Shaped Umbrella
$50 at VIOLA

Starlet Umbrella $50 at GINA & MAY

Starlet Umbrella
$50 at GINA & MAY

Color Wheel Umbrella $48 at MOMA STORE

Color Wheel Umbrella
$48 at MOMA STORE

Dale Chihuly Pergola Umbrella $34 at CHIHULY WORKSHOP

Dale Chihuly Pergola Umbrella
$34 at CHIHULY WORKSHOP

Newspaper Pattern Umbrella $33 at LIGHT IN THE BOX

Newspaper Pattern Umbrella
$33 at LIGHT IN THE BOX

Leopard Clear Canopy Umbrella $30 at TOTES

Leopard Clear Canopy Umbrella
$30 at TOTES

Monet Starry Night Umbrella $30 at AMAZON

Monet Starry Night Umbrella
$30 at AMAZON

Summer Butterfly Umbrella $30 at ARTIST GIFTS

Summer Butterfly Umbrella
$30 at ARTIST GIFTS

Rain Along the Seine Umbrella $39 at MODCLOTH

Rain Along the Seine Umbrella
$29 at MODCLOTH

Galleria Gerber Daisy Umbrella $30 at AMAZON

Galleria Gerber Daisy Umbrella
$29 at AMAZON

Blue Dachshund Dog Umbrella $28 at OVERSTOCK

Blue Dachshund Dog Umbrella
$28 at OVERSTOCK

Eye Engraving Umbrella $28 at ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO

Eye Engraving Umbrella
$28 at ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO

Elile Lotus Frame Sky Umbrella $28 at SEARS

Elile Lotus Frame Sky Umbrella
$28 at SEARS

Laurel Burch "Feline Family Portrait" Umbrella $25 at OVERSTOCK

Laurel Burch “Feline Family Portrait” Umbrella
$25 at OVERSTOCK

ShedRain Reema Umbrella $25 at eBAGS

ShedRain Reema Umbrella
$25 at eBAGS

Modern Retro Floral Umbrella $20 at ARTIST GIFTS

Modern Retro Floral Umbrella
$20 at ARTIST GIFTS

La Selva Birds of Paradise Umbrella $19 at EXECUTIVE ESSENTIALS

La Selva Birds of Paradise Umbrella
$19 at EXECUTIVE ESSENTIALS

Neon Bubble Umbrella by Totes $17 at TARGET

Neon Bubble Umbrella by Totes
$17 at TARGET

STRONG WOMEN BOOKS (for Adults)

May 18, 2012

Here is our selection of great books for women to read, focusing primarily on novels that star strong female protagonists.  We could have labeled this post “Interesting Women In Novels.”  As we  searched through our bookshelves for those books portraying women, we were struck by the rich and complex character development and strong writing of these ones.  We’ve only chosen the ones that were compelling enough to read twice, and in each read, we were able to discover something new about the women, which in turn helped us to learn something new about ourselves.  It isn’t an exhaustive list and we tried hard to make it broad.  Hopefully, you’ll discover a good read for your next trip to the beach.

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“Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
($10.98 + Free Shipping Barnes & Noble)

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“A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You” (stories) by Amy Bloom ($11.86 at Amazon)

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“Lady Chatterly’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence
($6.99 at Barnes & Noble)

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“Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout
($10 at Amazon)

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“Poison” by Kathryn Harrison
($3.99 at Book Closeouts)

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“Interesting Women” (stories) by Andrea Lee ($.99 + shipping at Alibris Books)

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“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
($.99 + shipping at Alibris Books)

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
($10 at Overstock)

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“The Piano Teacher” by Janice Lee
($14 at Barnes & Noble)

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“The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver
($14 at Target)

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“Like Water For Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel
($10 at Amazon)

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“The Reader” by Bernard Schlink
($12 at Overstock)

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“Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Gordon
($11 at Barnes & Noble)

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“The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende
($10 at Amazon)

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