Saturday, November 21, 2015

If You're a Fan of Old Movies... might find this explanation of the Transatlantic accent. I watched lots of old black and white flicks when I was growing up, so this made sense to me even though I had never heard of it before.

Now that explains why I liked Katherine Hepburn's accent so much, I suppose.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Another Great Christmas Commercial

John Lewis has produced some touching Christmas ads, and this one doesn't disappoint.

I've actually only heard of John Lewis via their Christmas commercials, but that's okay. They always bring a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, November 16, 2015

The World Needs a Little Kindness

As happens so often, I was flipping through my Facebook timeline and saw something that made me stop and smile. It was a calendar for the month of December with a suggestion for some small random act of kindness a person could do each day. And because I love sharing things that make me smile, I had to pass the idea along.

If We All Do One Random Act of Kindness...

Here's the link to the website where you can download the printable 2015 Advent Random Acts of Kindness Calendar (with ideas such as Take Supplies to An Animal Shelter and Feed the Birds, among others). There are also other downloads there (a blank Random Acts of Kindness Calendar, a Christmas Kindness Countdown Chain). And here's a link to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation with more ideas for acts of kindness (you can filter them by free, inexpensive, expensive, along with varying degrees of time needed to set things in motion).

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, November 13, 2015

A Fun (and Touching) Christmas Commercial

You may have already seen Sainsbury's Official Christmas Ad with Mog, the accident-prone cat, since it's gone viral, but if you haven't, it's worth a look.

(And yes, it's a bit early, but the ad was too cute to pass up). 

Have a fantastic day!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Food, Music, Deliciousness!

The website Food, People, Places has a way with videos about food. Gorgeous photography plus interesting soundtracks had my mouth watering. Some of the recipes (but not all) can be found on their website, and they have a newsletter (which might have more recipes. I'm not sure about that). At any rate, enjoy the videos. My favorite is the one below, 14 Ways to Transform a Potato (because I love the music):

Here's one that showcases sandwiches from around the world. 

Are you hungry yet?

If you want something richer and faster, here's a recipe for a chocolate peanut butter mug cake. I made one tonight and it was pretty good. (Sorry, there's no music).

If you'd like to see the printable recipe, here it is. Enjoy!

Or, for a simple peanut butter mug cake (no chocolate), try this recipe. I haven't tried this one myself yet, so...I hope it's as good as it sounds.

Peanut butter mug cake, success. 6/10. #datadrivenbakedgoods
Note: this is not the image that was with the recipe, but it was as close as I could get, given that I haven't tried the cake yet. Here's the source for the image.

Have a great day!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Make a Child Happy

When I was a kid, I loved capes.

More to the point, I still do. I'm pretty sure that I have an awesome black witch/vampire cape I made sitting in a box in my attic.

I'm not sure if I passed that down to my sons or--more likely--a fascination with capes is universal (because let's face it, capes are awesome!),  but when my kids were young, they liked to take a piece of fabric and have me pin it to the shoulders of their shirt, and run through the house, pretending to be a superhero. And, of course, they still sell those pajamas with capes. The fact that they've been around so long is proof of how much kids love capes. Capes inspire the imagination. They make us feel as if the impossible is possible, as if we can step out of our own skin for a few minutes and be different. More amazing than we usually are.

So today, when I was thumbing through my local paper, I was intrigued by an article about an organization that provides capes to children in shelters. It's similar to other programs where people make blankets, scarves or stuffed animals and donate them to the organization which distributes them. But this one happens to donate colorful capes. 

They had my attention, because...what an awesome idea! I love it, and maybe others will, too. To find out more (along with a link to a free cape pattern), check out Enchanted Makeovers Capes for Kids.

And, as always, have a wonderful day!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Now That's a Halloween Costume!

I know. I know. We all hate vertical videos, but the costume was just too interesting to pass up posting this video. I'd love to see the details on this one. add a little comedy, here's Jack Black showing us 80 years of Halloween costumes (I know, he's on a press tour for the Goosebumps movie, and I'm assuming this is part of that). This one is slightly out there, a bit NSFW. Just so you know.

Lastly, if you're in a bind and need a Halloween costume fast, there's always this devil costume (below). I know this, because when my youngest was not quite 2, we decided to take him to a community Halloween party and--not having anticipated the party thing--I had to come up with a costume fast. I took a red headband I had lying around and a couple of pieces of red felt I shaped into horns and affixed to the headband. I dressed him in a red sweatsuit, took some red yarn and braided it into a tail with a felt arrow on the end (and just a couple of stitches to attach it to his pants). He was ready to go in just a few minutes. And as you can see, a red sweater works just fine. 

Whether you dress up or not, go to a party (or not), or simply sit at home and enjoy the parade of children decked out in their costumes, enjoy the day!

Best Wishes,


Monday, October 26, 2015

How to Carry a Cell Phone (or Not)

I know lots of people who love, love, love purses. They have big bags, small ones, designer bags and casual bags. They like nothing better than buying a new purse. Other people carry backpacks.

I, however, am not one of those people. I do have a purse, although I have downsized to a very small one over the years. But...lots of times I don't want to carry one. If I'm out for a walk, I don't want to have to worry about lugging along a purse. And since I walk a lot, that's a problem.

Whenever possible, I stuff everything into my pockets (cell phone in one pocket, keys in another, cards and money in a third, and because I wear glasses, a cloth to clean them with in a fourth). That never used to be a problem, but pockets on women's jeans (or other pants) are shrinking at the same time that phones are growing in size. Now I seem to spend ages online looking for jeans that actually have pockets big enough to hold a phone.

Recently someone wrote to Ellen Warren of the Chicago Tribune (also known as the Answer Angel) regarding the pocket problem, and several people suggested golf pants. I'm not sure I want to wear golf pants,'s a possibility. For now, I can still find a few pairs of jeans on the L L. Bean website. It's possible that there are other places, and I would love to know about them if there are. Frankly, jeans are too expensive to risk buying a pair and then finding out that the pockets are shallow.

Another possible solution I've considered is a cross body phone case, something smaller than a purse, but still able to carry the essentials.
Or...a smaller waist bag, although I'm not so sure about that one. It looks a bit uncomfortable...but I could be wrong about that.

I've looked at several pockets (okay, they're really small bags) that attach to a belt, but since I seldom wear a belt and don't really want to, that solution doesn't really work for me. 

I'm considering this one. It's a Hip Klip, and it clips onto the band of whatever pants you're wearing.
There are various types (including buying the Klips without the bag), available at the original site. They're also available elsewhere, including places like Amazon.

If anyone has any better ideas (or places where jeans and slacks still have standard rather than shallow pockets), I'd love to hear about them.

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kitty Shows Owner Who's the Boss

I've never had a cat, but I can sometimes admire their arrogance and cleverness. This cat's owner built a kitty door. Here is how the door is used (note the title). It's a very short video, but fun to watch.

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Love Story (and a Gum Commercial)

I saw this today on Facebook (posted by several friends), and I can see why it's receiving so much attention. Yes, it's a commercial, but it's also a very nice love story.

Have a great day! (Or a great tomorrow. It's already getting late here).