Friday, January 31, 2014

DIY: Valentine's Ideas For Women

With Valentine's Day fast approaching I know that I will be spending another year without a Valentine.  I do not say this with regret, sadness or loneliness, just as a statement of fact.  I bring this up only because I want to do something special for myself.  I want a nice homemade gift from one of my favorite people in the world me!  And then an even more favorite person in the world can help me, my son of course!  So in the true crafty spirit I have found a few DIY ideas that will get the creative juices flowing and allow Liam and I to choose something awesome to create that I can enjoy on Valentine's Day!  I decided to write a blog about it because I know that I am not the only woman out there that loves a more personal gift, and what better time to receive than Valentine's.  Here are some of the top ideas that I have come up with and will pick one to do a step-by-step blog on in the spirit of Valentine's Day!  I would love to see other DIY projects that anyone else has come across and hear about any of your attempts to recreate these ideas!  Good luck and I hope that in whatever capacity you spend V-Day in that it is full of happiness and love!

Sweet Orange Lip Balm
This sounds delicious and doesn't look TOO difficult, although I don't think I need to make so much or but it in as crazy of containers.

 If you are interested in making this check it out at:
All Natural Lip Balm

If you would like a salve that was a bit more earthy you could make the homemade salve:

Directions here:
Homemade Salve

Kitchen Herb Garden
I know that there are MANY MANY variations as to how to make a quick and easy herb garden, but this is just one example. 

check it out here:

Kitchen Herb Garden

Bath Tea
I love tea and I love a nice hot bath...  So why not combine the two!  Bath tea, what an excellent ideas! 

You can find the directions here:

Homemade Bath Tea

Valentine's Day Journal
This may have been originally intended for a teacher and for V-Day but I could easily see this being made for ANYONE and using any sort of decoration.  I can totally see Liam helping me out on this and giving me an awesome hand print or something cool! 

If you would like to make your own check it out here:

Valentine's Day Journal

Soaks & Scrubs

I am down with either one.  You can never have enough of this stuff and homemade is always great because you get to chose your own scents and customize it!  So easy to do!

For the herbal Foot Soak go to :

Herbal Foot Soak Recipe

For the sugar scrub go to:

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Over-Protectiveness: More Freedom Improves Child Development

You can never know what kind of parent you will be until parenthood is thrust upon you.  Whether or not you "plan" to have a baby there is NOTHING, I repeat nothing that can fully prepare you for what it will actually be like until you are there.  This is absolutely true no matter how many days you have been a parent...  Each day presents it's own unique set of fun, challenges, learning opportunities, mistakes, victories, and of course more love than the day before.  With that being said let's talk about this crazy thing that happens from the second you see that little one for the first time and is sealed forever from the first moment they are in your arms: over-protectiveness.

You suddenly feel the need to protect this precious life with every part of your mind, body, and soul.  it is something ingrained in us and it is a constant battle of balance as a parent.  You want to make sure that your child is safe, but you don't want to be SO over-protective that they don't learn anything either.  You want to wrap them up in a bubble suit before they go outside or lock them in the house (ok I didn't feel this way but many parents do).

Any moment that your child is spent in pain of any kind you feel crazed inside.  You would do ANYTHING to feel the pain for them, for them to never know sickness, or cuts or bruises.  And then you have to step back and realize that all of these things bring about knowledge and experience for them.  I know that sometimes a child will need to be burned to truly understand that something is hot.  You can tell them a million times but until they touch the oven or the burner or a flame, they will not be able to fully comprehend what "hot" really means without experiencing it for themselves.  Now hopefully at some point in their life they will have managed to acquire enough knowledge, experience and common sense to not need to experience EVERYTHING to learn from it.  Hopefully there will come a time when they can learn from observing those around them as well to avoid many negative paths that they could but don't have to travel.

Well let's get to the heart of the matter, at least as it pertains to the message I wanted to get out with this blog.  I recently came across an article about schools in New Zealand that have decided to take away all of the rules as they pertain to recess on the play ground.  They were having trouble with kids paying attention, sitting still, bullying one another etc.  From the outside looking in, one would think that all hell broke loose and that supervision had long since fled.  They would see tree climbing, skateboarding and *gasp* barefooted children playing outside in the dirt!  The horror (in case you don't know me in real life I mean this in the most sarcastic of ways)!  This school was actually letting kids go out and be kids outside in nature!  Of course there was still supervision to prevent any serious harm and to be there should anyone scrape a knee or need help in one way or another. 

However more amazing than actually letting kids get outside and be kids was the resulting aftermath.  After being allowed the freedom to play without strict rule following and constant berating for stepping out of line; these children were doing BETTER in school.  They were paying attention, exuding more confidence in their work, participating more.  Bullying dropped to a level of being nearly nonexistent.  More surprising the level of serious injuries also saw a decline! 

By being given the chance to learn around them and to learn what the boundaries where for themselves through experience they were able to more accurately learn the physical limitations of their own bodies.  They learned what "hot" really meant, what falling out of a tree, or off of  skateboard when going to fast was like.  And without anyone shoving the information down their throat or limiting their play to a level when any playground equipment became a "danger" they were able to set healthy limits on themselves!  These children were learning things that no amount of reading or hearing about could EVER teach them.  They were experiencing the world for themselves in a supervised but not overprotective controlling, rule-ridden environment. 

Of course my initial thought at reading this was how awesome this idea was, and how can I ensure that my son goes to a school of an obviously high intelligence in the way to "teach" and view children.  Then my second thought was: No wonder this is in New Zealand, if it was in America people would freak out and sue the school, etc.  Which made me wonder what the HECK is wrong with us.  Ok so I wonder this ALL the time.  But the whole legal system has become such a joke....  but that is going WAY off topic. 

The fact of the matter is that we live in a over-protective, over-medicated society and we have gotten lazy and selfish.  Instead of letting kids BE kids, so many people want to diagnose a healthily active child (especially boys) with having ADD.  "Sorry you son can't sit still for 4 hours at a time when he is 2, he must have ADD." What?  he is 2, he should be required to do something like that at his age, it's ludicrous and bad for him.  He needs to get around and learn using all of his senses.  He needs to be allowed to be 2.  Children are young for such a VERY short time.  Why take that away from them.  They need this foundation of learning through senses to have as many tools to make it in the world as an adult as we can provide them.  Yes we should teach them things, but in an age-appropriate way.  Counting, let's count the rocks in a line, or steps we have to walk up to go down the slide, or the petals on a flower, etc.  Colors, let's write the name of each color with the coordinating sidewalk chalk or get messy with paint (washable is always best) on some construction paper.  Let's let them learn as children CAN learn.  Let us as parents and teachers and anyone else who will ever have a moment to influence a child let them learn how to TRUST themselves, and their instincts.  Let's help them to learn their limitations and then how to strengthen themselves physically, mentally and spiritually to overcome any obstacles that they do encounter.  Let's give them role models worthy of attaining.  Let's teach them how the entire world is a learning experience, but also how to be safe from grave or serious harm.  Let's teach them how to work hard and reap the rewards with the freedom of play :)  Heck, do it for our own sanity, especially parents, teachers of the younger children, let them exercise and expend energy!  It will make an amazing difference in the behavior of a child!

Here is the awesome article that got me on this thought process.  I would love to hear your thoughts as well!  Feel free to comment below.

School Ditches Rules and Loses Bullies

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Celeste & Jesse Forever

I actually watched a non-children's movie the other night and wanted to write a review on it since it wasn't all that bad.  Celeste and Jesse Forever is about married couple Celeste (played by Rashida Jones) and Jesse (played by Andy Samberg).  Now of course if you know anything about this hilarious duo you would be expecting a great comedy.  Rashida Jones is from Parks & Rec, The Office, I Love You Man, etc.  Whereas Andy Samberg is from such awesomeness as The Lonely Island band, SNL, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, etc.  So I was definitely expecting a LOT of laughs.  Although there was comedic relief in this film, it had a more serious tone.

Celeste and Jesse Forever is about high school friends who got married and are now about to hit 30 after 6 years of marriage and they have been separated fort he past 6 months.  However they still do just about everything together and are the best of friends.  Jesse is still madly in love with Celeste and she is thinking that she wants to find her own independence and wants "more" out of life.  It is considered a romantic comedy but it seemed like there were a lot more serious and darker issues than one may encounter in most of the light-hearted romantic comedies that we think about today.

Rashida Jones also had a big hand in writing the  screen play for this movie that came out in 2012.  It was well received by critics and I feel that it had more depth than what I would have expected.  Jones' character shows an immense amount of character devilment throughout the movie.  More than you would normally see in the allotted time period.  Samberg also shows that he can pull off a serious role very well even if he does seem like he isn't overly happy throughout the entirety of the movie.  Rashida's wit shines throughout the film and really owns her character, and at times I could definitely see parts of myself in her at this point in her life.

Other Characters that played a role in this story include
Beth: a mutual friend of the couple played by Ari Graynor (The Fringe, The Sopranos)
Tucker: Beth's Fiance and also a mutual friend played by Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS:LA, Hero Factory, Community)
Scott: Beth's Boss played by Elijah Wood (Lord Of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, Wilfred)
Riley: A Pop Star that Celeste bashes and then must represent played by Emma Roberts (American Horror Story, We're the Millers, Aquamarine)

Overall I give this movie 4 Stars.  It was not what I expected but turned out better than I thought it would.  Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg actually make a fairly believable couple.  It was kind of depressing but also showed a lot of growth and learning in the characters.  I really wasn't fond of the abrupt ending, I was rooting for something happier, but instead it went with more of a realistic in terms of life type of wrap up.  I definitely recommend watching it, although it will be something very different for both of these main character to show you sides of them you may never have expected.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Black Forest Pavlova: January's Winning Dessert

This is an Australian recipe that I was really looking forward to making and found that it looked so amazing and delicious.  When it ended up being the winning choice, I was very excited.  I did have to improvise a few ingredients due to inability to locate but little did I know that my problems were just beginning.  There were a few minor conversions to be made with temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit, but my main problem came with the hand mixing.  I had completely forgotten the properties of plastic and how they affect mixing when needing stiff peaks.  Not mixing in a glass bowl did ruin my eggs, and since the recipe called for 8, I didn't have enough.  However not being one to give up, I decided to go with what I had and try to bake it anyway.  So of course it may not have been as pretty as it was meant to be, it did turn out tasting amazing!  And it is a reminder for everyone out there that if you are mixing anything that calls for "stiff peaks" be sure to use glass instead of plastic.  Here is the recipe, enjoy!

Parchment Paper
Glass Mixing Bowl

For the meringue.
8 egg whites
2 cups granulated raw sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I am not sure what the difference is between this and Dutch cocoa but I couldn't find Dutch Cocoa anywhere)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the topping.
2 cups thickened (whipping) cream
2 tablespoons strong espresso coffee
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Almond flavoring
1 10 oz jar of Maraschino Cherries (Morello cherries could not be located)
3/4 cup dark chocolate curls (To make chocolate curls run a potato peeler down the edge of a block of chocolate.)

Preheat oven to 420ºF Place a sheet of baking paper on two large baking tray and draw 8" circles.
Separate your eggs making utmost care not to contaminate the egg whites with any egg yolk. Any fat in the egg whites will prevent them from beating properly and will weigh them down.
Beat your egg whites in a glass bowl until they are stiff and add your sugar slowly along with the vanilla essence, one tablespoon at a time and beat until stiff peaks form. Turn your bowl upside down to make sure the whites are stiff enough. If not, beat another minute or so then check again.
Sift the cocoa powder into the raw meringue and fold through carefully ensuring you leave streaks of cocoa rather than fully incorporating it.
Shape the meringue into the two rounds on the baking paper/trays. Place meringues into oven and immediately turn temperature down to 240 degrees. Bake for 60-90 minutes then turn off the oven, do not remove meringues until oven is cool.

Beat the cream, coffee, almond and sugar until stiff peaks form. With a silicone spatula spread half of the cream over the bottom meringue, place cherries on the cream and sprinkle half of the chocolate shavings over the meringue.
Place the top meringue layer over the bottom. Spread the remaining cream over it along with the cherries and chocolate shavings. Drizzle cherry syrup from the jar over the entire pavlova.

Some of the delicious starting ingredients
Draw 8" circles on your parchment paper
Beat the eggs until frothy
Take a smile break of your sous chef
Have a silly break
Add the sugar and almond and beat until stiff peaks form (This is where my transfer to a glass bowl could not save the meringue)
Taste tester
Swirl the cocoa powder into the meringue and shape onto the circles (As you can see without thick meringue this didn't work out for me, so I decided to just pour it onto my baking sheets and hope for the best)
Remove when oven is no longer hot (I only cooked for about 60 minutes when it started to stiffen due to the thinner surface area, I didn't want to overcook it)
Mix the cream, espresso, almond and sugar
Mix until stiff peaks form
Excited to taste it!

Lay down a layer of the meringue (Mine was crumbly but still delicious)

Add a layer of the espresso cream, cherry and chocolate curls
Top with more meringue
Finish off with a final layer of cream, cherries and chocolate curls, serve & Enjoy!  (Regardless of my meringue disaster it still tasted amazing and was a treat to eat!)

If you would like to view the previous winning desserts they can be found here:

December's Winner: Pumpkin Tiramisu

November's Winner: Caramelized Banana Pudding

October's Winner: Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

September's Winner: Apple Raspberry Crumble

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sauteed Scallops: January's Winner!

This is the winning Main Dish recipe from this months vote!  There were a lot of close calls, but this Scallops won out by a single vote in the end.  This was very quick and painless and definitively delicious!  I definitely recommend it to anyone who is into scallops. 

16 Large Sea Scallops (about 1.5 lbs or a little less)
1/2 tsp Alpine Touch (or Salt & Pepper)
1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Butter
1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley (Chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)

Season scallops. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 8 scallops; sauté 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until browned. Set aside, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 8 scallops. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel.
Add butter to the pan; reduce heat, and cook until the butter melts. Stir in parsley and garlic, and cook 15 seconds. Return scallops to pan; toss to coat.  Serve & Enjoy!

Season the scallops and add to the oil, cook until browned on both sides
Saute' the garlic and parsley
Return scallops to the pan and toss to coat
Serve and Enjoy!

If you are interested in viewing past Main Dish winners check them out here:

December's Winner: Pizza Pot Pies

November's Winner: Lasagna Stuffed Manicotti

October's Winner: Pumpkin Risotto

September's Winner: Burgundy Pork 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weird Things For Sale on Amazon Part 6

As long as there are weird things for sale and people writing awesome reviews about it, I will continue to have a monthly blog about it.  Here is more of the awesomeness for your viewing pleasure. 

The Mountain Three Wolf Short Sleeve Tee
There are no words for the awesomeness of these reviews.  It is described as This hand dyed tee shirt features a stunning screen print graphic on a preshrunk, 100% cotton tee. Dyed and printed by The Mountain. The Mountain uses only inks and dyes, to bring you an incredibly durable and comfortable garment.  Overall this is a really normal thing if you are into a shirt with wolves on it.

Top Reviews
"This item has wolves on it which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it on, that's when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the shirt would properly cover my girth, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the shirt on and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the wolves on my shirt that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to 'howl at the moon' from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called mehth. I told them no, because they didn't have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a wolf-shirt shouldn't settle for the first thing that comes to him.
I arrived at Wal-mart, mounted my courtesy-scooter (walking is such a drag!) sitting side saddle so that my wolves would show. While I was browsing tube socks, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the wolves on my shirt, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling along side out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you wolf shirt.
Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women
Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the 'guns'), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark." -B. Govern

I love how this magical shirt created a happy ending for someone.  Perhaps we all need one...  or maybe it only works on men.

"This shirt has changed my life! Before, I couldn't walk through the aisles at Wal-Mart, graze on the buffet at Sizzler, or even take in a round at my local miniature golf course, without people pointing and saying, "Hey, you're that Zulu guy from Star Wars, aren't you?" Even if I wore sunglasses, I'd still get mistaken for Yoko Ono.
But with The Mountain Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee, the SHIRT now draws the eye. One young teen even shyly approached me, and instead of asking for a picture or an autograph, simply smiled conspiratorially and whispered, "Team Jacob, right? Me, too. He's sooooooo dreamy."
Yes he is, young lady. Yes. He. Is." -George Takei

Hey if this makes George's life better than it makes all our lives better.

If you are interested in purchasing this for yourself her is the link: Mountain Three Wolves Shirt

Unicorns are Jerks: A Coloring Book Exposing the Hard Sparkly Truth
Just the name of the item is epic.  Now on tot he product description: Unicorns think they're so great because they're all mysterious and magical, but they can be real jerks sometimes. This coloring book features eighteen examples of unicorns texting in theaters, farting in elevators, eating your leftovers, and generally acting like jerks.

Top Reviews
"This coloring book saved my business. Our firm was on the verge of hiring a unicorn as our new public relations rep. At first, it seemed like a dream come true, what with his magical rainbow mane and shimmering eyes but then after reading this book, we decided to do a little more digging on our potential new hire. I'm so glad we did! This guy turned out to be a notorious ringleader in a human trafficking scandal! Bad news folks! He was using his irresistable horn to lure young children away into a life of depravity and abuse! We owe everything to this important publication. It's really so much more than a coloring book, it's a public service announcement. Don't trust unicorns! Period!
I think it's about time these menaces to society are revealed for who they really are!" -C. Boustead

How great that this could save a business and help in vetting a potential hire.

"I wish I'd had a coloring book like this as a child. Not only does it teach important lessons about not being a jerk, it shows us that you can't assume that beautiful, magical creatures are as sweet as they appear.
The whimsical artwork is laugh out loud funny, as is the text on each page. You'll have a hard time holding your crayons through all the giggling. A great coloring book for every age." -Gypsy-Maria R. Lorimer
I have to say that I am sold on this based on this review!  I want to giggle while I color!

If you would like to buy this amazing color book follow this link: Unicorns Are Jerks Coloring Book

CTA Digital 2-In-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad
WHY WHY WHY?  But here is the product description. Comfortable and child-friendly potty with activity stand for iPad (2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation) Adjustable stand securely holds and helps protect iPad while kids play Easy to clean with removable inner potty bowl, potty seat and splashguard Clear touchscreen protector guards against smudges and messy hands 360° Rotating stand easily switches between horizontal and vertical views

Top Reviews
"I was really struggling to find a way to rot my child's brain more comprehensively. DVD player at the dinner table, Movies in the car, iPad on our flight, but I never could figure out how to fill the bathroom time with mindless distraction. Thanks iPotty. Now I don't have to talk to my kids at all" -Mark Twain 
 I find myself inclined to agree with Mark Twain here on this one.  Why would our children even need this?  You have to be able to find a way to get your child to go potty without something like this for them to get attached to.  But at least there is a splash guard ;)

"In these times of extreme busyness, you can't help but get frustrated sometimes and think "there's just not enough time in the day!" With this item, your capacity to "get s*** done" is increased exponentially.
* Get s*** done
* Colors are not only pleasing to the eye, but scientifically proven to encourage productivity and movements
* No need to flush, built-in incinerator removes waste after motion sensors detect your absence
* Small enough that you can leave your iPad installed and just carry the whole thing with you
* Can download a free bidet app (although after the trial period, you have to pay for it with an in-app purchase)
* Installing your iPad doesn't cover up the camera lens, for easier multi-tasking (Skyping and wiping?)
* Seat sensor technology detects up to 4 individuals, adjusting seat height and warmth automatically according to programmable presets
* Magnetic smart lid keep animals out, and scents in
* No Bluetooth support, will not sync with a smart watch or wireless headphones
* I'd love to see this in a champagne color or maybe customizable lids
This is the best money I've spent in years... I will be buying more of these. 2 thumbs up!
UPDATE: I have dropped my review down to 4 stars. Currently, my left buttock is securely lodged in the seat. While I wait for the fire department to arrive, I wanted to share my further experience with this product. Since I was unable to Facetime for help (less than ideal Wifi access) and had fallen over during my struggle, it wasn't until the mailman found me on the front porch that I was able to call for help. It clearly needs some sort of safety mechanism to prevent cheek lock." -njTSX 

I can't stop laughing while I imagine the skyping and wiping...  What if you skype with explosive diarhea or you are a loud pooper haha..

If you would like to purchase one for your child go here: iPotty with Activity Seat

Accoutrements Inflatable Unicorn Horn

Product Description: Plastic, 11" long when inflated, Great for when your Unicorn Mask isn't available, Unique and flashy....  Hmm sounds like it could be a multiple use sort of product.... 
Your inner-unicorn is screaming to come out at the most inopportune times. What are you supposed to do? The next time you hear that mystical whinny, just take your vinyl Inflatable Unicorn Horn out of its tin, blow it up and put the elastic strap around your head. Suddenly you are a unicorn. Could turn even a short elevator ride into a statement about you being a unicorn. 11" (28 cm) long. Twelve shrink wrapped tins in each illustrated display box.

Top Reviews

"The days of my life were long and dark. I had spent my whole life searching for happiness, but to no avail. I had come to believe life was nothing more than a cruel trick, a void of emptiness. I felt lost and frightened, without love and without hope. Then one day, I found my answer. An inflatable unicorn horn. At first I was unsure: could this really be my answer? I was wrong. It wasn't my answer, it was THE answer. The thing everyone searches for their entire lives, but many do not find. The model wearing the horn beckoned to me. His eyes as blue as the ocean and as enticing as Blue, from Blue's Clues, bathing in a bath of blueberry jellybeans as sapphire encrusted confetti falls from the sky. "Just click it," he seemed to say. I hovered my hand over the 1-click order button. All I wanted was to be carefree and happy, like the man on the cover. That was all I needed. I clicked the button.
Three aggravating and suspenseful days later a package arrived on my doorstep. I hastily ripped away the packaging in a furious storm of excitement. Inside lay a small box. It was no more than a mere five by three inches, yet it held the answer to my sorrow. I blew up the horn with lightning speed, nearly rendering myself unconscious in the process. As I placed it on my head everything changed. It was as though my whole life everything had been static, and now the world was in high-definition. Rainbows burst from the heavens, fireworks exploded in dazzling displays, a small town in Africa had its first rain in a decade, and cancer was miraculously eradicated. For once in my life I felt truly alive. No longer was I the same shell of a man as I was before. My clothes magically became pink and covered in glitter. I had found true happiness. I had found the blue-eyed, pink-sweater-wearing, unicorn-riding man inside of me." -B. Patterson

This is one of the greatest reviews I have ever read to date.

"This thing has changed my life. I was overweight and continually depressed until I splurged on this unicorn horn. Actually I thought I was getting the hot pink sweater and that goofy guy wearing it, too, but no. Just the horn, but still, a wonderful thing. Soon as I put it on I felt 5 pounds slimmer. And my appetite for sweets--poof! Gone! Not to mention it makes me prance around a lot so I continue shedding pounds almost magically! Something about the mythical nature of it has lifted my depression, too. I'd always heard that unicorns were slain so that expensive medicines could be made from their horns, but this is even better, having the whole horn. It's more efficacious than prozac. Let me be clear though: I don't recommend it for those with bi-polar disease, only vanilla clinical depression. Sorry." -A. Reader
What an excellent product, it cures depression and is a weight loss product. 

If you would also like to have your life magically changed go here: Inflatable Unicorn Horn

The Famous Fart Whistle
Oh what a wonderful product description: The Naughty Noise-Maker, Fart, Fart Fart Fart, Fart Fart.  Now on to the awesome reviews.  

Top Reviews
"Contrary to the suggestions of a particular reviewer, this whistle should not be inserted rectally. The benefit of this product is that it is an oral whistle that makes rectal sounds. The instructions explain this but some people are just too busy to read, it seems. It is for this reason that buying this product "used" is not recommended.
You may wonder what some of the benefits of this product may be. There are many.
1) Sometimes you are too tired to fart.
2) Sometimes you fart but the sound is too low to be heard.
3) Excellent way to clear a seat on a crowded bus or train.
4) Recommended way to sing along to a particular John Cage recording 4'33'' .
5) Perfect, easy to carry equipment for campfire camaraderie.
6) Best way to counteract the effects of Beano Beano Food Enzyme Dietary Supplement Drops, 75-Serving Bottles (Pack of 3)" -Wandrwoman

Haha the benefits are priceless.

"I bought this whistle because I wanted to make my husband feel better. He's prone to farting...A LOT. I'm not much of a farter myself. I tried, believe me. Anyway, when I saw this whistle, I thought I would give it a try. What a blessing! Now, whenever my husband farts in public, I join him with my whistle. He doesn't feel so alone in his embarrassment and I feel like a supportive spouse. Awesome product. Well worth the money." -Karen May James
Gotta love a supportive wife :)

If you want your own fart whistle go here: Fart Whistle

In case you missed any of my previous Weird Things For Sale feel free to check them out!

Weird Things For Sale Part 1

Weird Things For Sale Part 2

Weird Things For Sale Part 3

Weird Things For Sale Part 4

Weird Things For Sale Part 5

Saturday, January 25, 2014

How To Make Bubble Tea

As my Bubble/Boba Tea addiction has been spreading, I have been getting many inquiries about what it is and how to make it!  I previously wrote a blog about the background of the delicious drink and figured it was about time that I wrote a step by step instruction blog.  Enjoy!  And please let me know if you have any questions.

If you want to view the blog about what Bubble Tea is check it out: Bubble Tea: My Addiction

Today we decided to make Apple Cinnamon Honey Dew Bubble Tea :)  it was the most delicious combination of flavors yet!

2 Cups Pearl Tapioca
3 Tbsp Honey (You can also use simple syrup if you prefer)
Apple Cinnamon Tea
Milk (I used Rice Milk)
4-5 squirts of Honey Dew flavored syrup
Wide Straws (Straws with Tapered ends make getting any remaining tapioca easier at the end of the drink)

Get a sauce pan to a roiling boil with about 4 Cups of water.  (It is imperative that the water is boiling before you add the tapioca or it will turn into goop)
Prepare Tea
Strain out 2 Cups of Pearl Tapioca to shake off any loose powder.
Add the pearl tapioca to the boiling water and stir continuously for about 10-15 minutes (they should be a little bit chewy).
Pour into a strainer and run cold water on the tapioca to keep from sticking together.
Add 3 Tbsp Honey to a Container with a lid, heat up for about 15 seconds.  Add the tapioca to the Container and top just barely with cold water.  Stir until the honey is thoroughly mixed in.  
Pour the brewed tea in to a Large glass (possibly a pilsner glass) about 3/4 or a little more full.  Add 4-5 squirts of the Honey Dew syrup.  Put 2-3 Large spoonfuls of the Tapioca into the glass.  Top off with any kind of milk you would like, I used rice milk.  Place the straw into the cup and stir thoroughly.  Enjoy!

First you need the Tapioca! 
Put about 2 Cups of tapioca in a strainer and shake it around a little bit to get rid of any loose powder
Select a tea that goes with the flavor you want to use
Bring water to a rolling boil
Brew the tea
Add the tapioca and stir continuously
Pour the tapioca into a strainer and run cold water over top
Get the honey out
Add honey to a seal able container
Microwave for 15 seconds
Pour the tapioca into the container and top with water
Pour the brewed tea into the serving glasses about 3/4 of the way full

Add the honey dew syrup to the tea
Add 2-3 spoonfuls of the pearl tapioca
Top with Milk
Pick a wide straw to use
Add the straw to the glass, stir thoroughly and serve!