I FEEL IT IN MY FINGERS, I FEEL IT IN MY TOES

Christmas is all around me, and so the feeling grows. (Thank you, Billy Mack, for that song. And Love Actually – love you for life!) My other blog, Hello Pomelo, is also excited about the hoilidays. Check out these Do-It-Yourself Christmas decorating ideas.

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Christmas tree on the wall? Game! Choose from five easy DIY ideas.

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That’s a wrap! Free “wintry” wrapping paper.

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Five easy-to-make holiday wreaths. As easy as Ho-ho-ho.zara home kids christmas 4

Zara Home Kids chalked up a bazillion fab points with its chalkboard Christmas motif. You can do it, too.

Happy crafting!

Images:

(1) via Pinterest, (2) hellopomelo.wordpress.com, (3) cb2.com, (4) zarahome.es

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MIDWEEK MAIL #5

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We’re half-way through the week… Hang in there, folks! Anyway, on this edition of Mid-week Mail: postcards.

Let’s face it: Handwritten letters and cards have sadly become a thing of the past. Everything is communicated electronically and online now that Damian couldn’t help asking: Will handwriting eventually become a special skill in the future? 

(On a side note: I’m giving a thumbs down to the Like button on Facebook for encouraging people to be lazy. You greet someone a “Happy Birthday” or you tell a friend how great she looks and all you get is “XX likes this”. What ever happened to good old fashioned “Thank you”? It’s just two words; surely, it couldn’t eat up a whole day no matter how busy it is.)

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I never knew that the word “postcarding” existed. But now I do, thanks to Danielle and her blog that features over 200 postcards from around the world.

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Englishman W. Reginald Bray tested the British postal system by sending strange items (including his dog and himself!) across the country. He also mailed postcards to challenging addresses, such as to “Any Resident of London.” (The card was returned to him, stamped as “Insufficiently Addressed”.) Dig Your Fins has pictures and links to related resources.

Happy reading!!!

MIDWEEK MAIL #4

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This week I bring you some unique recipes that I found on WordPress. These involve bananas, peanuts, tofu and cheese – four yummy ingredients that alas I can’t eat because of food allergies. (Self-pity mode on.) But will that stop me from imagining how crazy delicious they must be? Of course not! (Yes, I love torturing myself like that.)

Banana split, banana crepe, banana smoothie. Just when you thought you’ve heard them all, Nutridus brings out the big guns: grilled banana.

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Bacon makes Danielle happy. I bet her bacon honey roasted peanut butter cookies made her (and all other bacon lovers) even happier.

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The Green Apron gave tofu a whole new twist. How? She marinated it in maple syrup and served it for breakfast.

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So you like pizza and cupcake? Sarah and Wonderland‘s pizza cupcake is like hitting two birds with one stone.

Happy reading (and cooking), everyone!!!

MIDWEEK MAIL #3

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Over the weekend, I got to watch Back to the Future 3 again on TV. (I’ve always thought that the third installment was lousy compared to the first two parts of the trilogy. It lacked the excitement and humor that the two other releases had. But I digress.) So, watching the movie made me think of the ’80s. The era of Molly Ringwald and Pretty in Pink, Madonna and her controversial Like a Prayer video, and the tearjerker Beaches and its amazing soundtrack. The truth is, I was too young to really appreciate the colorful culture of the ’80s and it was only in the ’90s (when I was somewhat older) that I got to see the movies and listen to the songs. On this week’s Mid-week Mail, a toast to the ’80s. Cheers!

Working Girl remains to be one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s the Cinderella story of the modern world. (Okay, that and Pretty Woman.) Natty Tat-tat leaves you with a great song from the film to inspire you to dream big.

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Cake designer Kelly created something unique to celebrate someone’s 30th year: a boom box cake with edible cassette tapes.  (I said “boom box”, people. That just earned me a million cool points!)

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Would you crimp your hair? Apparently, it’s in style again. Nathalie did it and boy, she looked darn good!

Happy reading (and listening)!!!

MIDWEEK MAIL #2

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Since yesterday was Día de Sant Jordi (Day of the Rose and Book) in Barcelona, let’s talk about books in our second Mid-week Mail.

What can you check out from a library? Books (of course), CDs, magazines and… seeds??? Falcon Library shares the story of how one library in Colorado is making itself relevant to the community.

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Has Erin Patel been inside my head? I was also giving some thought about my reading style, especially because I can’t bring myself to like a book which I’m supposed to love!

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If there’s one thing that can make my heart jump, it’s a beautiful library. Check out Miss A.‘s photos of a stunning garden library in Mexico City. (Be still, my heart.)

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There are moments when I feel sad when I reach the end of a good book, and it seems that I’m not the only one. My Life is a Bildungsroman was spot on when she compared finishing a book to saying goodbye to a friend.

Happy reading!!!

MIDWEEK MAIL #1

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Welcome to the first Mid-week Mail! Every Wednesday, I will feature posts from other bloggers, chosen at random or based on a theme. Ready? Let’s start!

 

The ethnic trend is back! Heels and Peplum prepared two looks to help you get started on the trend.

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Say goodbye to wardrobe clutter with Closet Classics‘ closet essentials guide. (The pull-down wardrobe rod is genius!)

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Thinking of buying a new lip balm? Christina Dang explains why one particular brand was a disappointment.

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Make your own belt from aluminum (yes, aluminum!). Nutie will show you that it is not as hard as it sounds.

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Old graters as pencil holders and old benches as shelves. Find more tips on using flea market finds from Simple Style Finds.

Happy reading!!!