Archives for the month of: February, 2011

It’s sort of feeling like Groundhog’s Day with all the can’t haves we keep finding. Here is another colorful bed that is not available for the US market at this time. When it is, you’ll be the first to know. Stay tuned. It takes an odd size smaller mattress and we are hoping that it grows up a little into a twin size.

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I was just thinking, we do have several beds available that have (faux) wheels. Take a look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Even your preschooler can help with these tasty yet simple Valentine treats from Make and Take.

It includes less than five ingredients. All you’ll need is pretzels, chocolate to melt white chocolate and milk chocolate, wax paper, toothpicks, and sprinkles. Use food coloring in the white chocolate to get the pretty pink color.

That chocolate and pretzel combo is looking really good as we are tucked away for the night in our foodless hotel room. (Hong Kong room service would break the bank.)

Martina, we found a stairway bunk bed with your name on it. Unfortunately, you have to live in Asia where the US safety standards do not apply if you want it for your bedroom. Cute, cute, isn’t it?

Just another super cute bunk bed that we will not be stocking. Scroll down to see one that we do stock and the Monahan twin girls chose for their bedroom.

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The Monahan twins fell in love with this bunk bed. The two little red headed cuties, came in looking for a space saving bed since they were sharing a rather small bedroom. This was the one for them with the storage conveniently tucked under the lower bunk, along with bookcases and a desk that pivots in and out. The girls thought they could sit across from each other at the desk. The drawer fronts feature mix and match soft colored drawer fronts with the option of all white should that be your preference.

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If you are anything like us you might have a few leftover candy candy canes. Well here is a delightful way to recycle them for your Valentines.

Family Fun has the 411.

Team Totally has changed its colors and allegiances, (some just for the day mind you) now united in rooting for the Green Bay Packers along with Stephanie and Nick, our year round loyal Packers fans. Baby Oliver, and his Cheesehead dad Kyle, will be all decked out for the big game too. Betsy, dreads and cheese?

Yay, it’s a we don’t have to watch the Vikings Loose Day…..

GO PACK!

Add a little punch to your life with our Packer’s Tackle Buddy.

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Add some pop. Some may think that Superbowl Sunday is just as much about the food as it is the game. Don’t forget the kiddos, whip up some Game Day Super Bowl XLV gluten free football cake pops. Elan’s Pantry has the how to. We are calling them Packer Pops.

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My favorite False Start recipe is from Gourmet Mom on the go.

Learn how to create this False Start Fabulous (Cheesehead) Fondue that will surely wow everyone at your Super Bowl Party.

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As you all prepare for their game day festivities we are still in Hong Kong celebrating the Chinese New Year, Year of the Rabbit. There have been enough Lion Dances to last a life time.

According to traditional Chinese belief, the lion signifies courage, stability and superiority. The lion’s dance is performed to chase away ghosts and evil spirits, and since the monsters, ghosts, evil spirits and giants like Nian are afraid of loud noises, the dance has become a natural complement to the fire crackers’ noise. Clashing cymbals, a gong and drums usually accompany this lively scene. The lion’s every movement has a specific musical rhythm. The music follows the moves of the lion, the drum follows the lion, the cymbals and the gong follow the drum player. Throughout the performance, the Lion will mimic various moods and demonstrate similar physical gestures allowing the Lion to look life-like.
The lion dance combines art, history and kung fu moves. Normally the performers are kung fu practitioners, and a group of Lion Dancers consist of about 10 people.

Lion dances take place during the first few days of the Chinese New Year.
The dance of a Lion is preformed by two performers, one at the head of the lion, one at the tail of the lion. The head of the lion is made out of papier mâché and the nearly constant twinkle and movement of the lion’s eyelids as well as the movement of the head and mouth are supposed to enhance the lion’s vitality and longevity, while the tail of the lion sweeps away bad fortune and unpleasant things from last year.
A mirror is attached to the head of the lion. Mirrors are believed to expel negative energy, evil and bad spirits, since negative energy would be reflected backwards, evil spirit would be frightened by their own appearance when looking into the mirror and hence would disappear.

Note: Very, very loud. I can understand how those evil spirits are scared away.

We are finding the majority of the beds here not ready for prime time. The bulk of what’s being shown is modern and in many instances very unique.

Most of the factories are willing to work on bringing the specs up to US safety standards which is imperative for for our stock and your home.

Could you see one of these cupboard beds in your bedroom?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Collette Big Bookcase Bed offers a great deal of storage and has been one of our popular beds for some time now. It is available in several finish choices to suit your decorating needs.

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Show your husband some chocolate love this Valentine’s Day with this clever chocolate bar cover.

Jeanne Winters of Inspiring Ideas suggests choosing his favorite chocolate bar, or hers which is Vosges Dark Bacon and Black Pearl, then she provides the pdf download for printing the cover.

We were fortunate to be in Hong Kong where they know how to usher in the New Year with a bang! Tonight a  magnificent spectacle of more than  30,000 computer-controlled  pyrotechnic shells were fired from barges in the harbour.

Good bye Year of the Tiger – welcome Year of the Rabbit.

The fireworks were sponsored by the Hong Kong Hainan Commercial Association and lasted over 23 minutes with 8 different scenes. Multiple rabbit shaped fireworks were featured, along with the numbers 2011, and smiling faces.

The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac consisting of 12 animal signs. The Rabbit is regarded as a lucky sign. According to tradition people born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators, but also need their own space.

Also according to Chinese tradition the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is regarded as a time for negotiation. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family and security. One should make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to deal calmly with any problems.

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Wow your Valentine with these delicious chocolate truffles by Hoosier Homemade.

Cookie Dough Truffle Recipe…

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, all purpose
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (note below)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • Chocolate Almond Bark or melting chocolate
  • Pink and Red Wilton Candy Melts (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy, beat in vanilla. Gradually add the flour, alternating with the milk. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Using a cookie dough scoop, drop dough onto waxed paper and place in fridge for about 1 hour.

Remove from fridge and roll into balls. Place back into fridge for about 1 hour. Melt Chocolate, dip balls, coating evenly. Drizzle with melted Pink or Red Chocolate and add sprinkles if desired.

Don’t clean or luck will run away. It’s a Chinese custom not to clean the house during the first few days of the Chinese New Year. It is  believed that cleaning wipes away all the good luck, fortune and money. They throw away all the brushes, brooms and dust collectors.

We will most likely not be staying at this hotel next year – to our good fortune, looks like they are in for a run of bad luck.

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We’ve got what you need when you are ready to clean up again. Until then, 新年快樂!

Okay, I know what some of you are thinking, “with your office you should be very very lucky”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If I was going to be home for Valentine’s Day I would definitely be making these Saltine Caramel Hearts. Lil’ Luna has beautiful pictures with instructions so you can have these hearts too.

May get a clover pan when I return home and make Shamrocks for St. Patty’s Day.

Even better than a chicken dinner!

Congratulations to Amanda Wakershauser of North Las Vegas winner of our January $500.00 Shopping Spree! Register today- you could be the next winner.

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I love, love, love this Valentine’s idea and so will your friends when they get one.

Instructions:
♥1. Drink soda pop (strawberry flavor… yum) and remove sticky labels
♥2. Rinse bottles & air dry
♥3. Spray paint soda caddy & bottle caps to match
♥4. Once the paint is dry, simply wrap the ribbon around and glue onto caddy
Now the fun part…
♥5. Fill the bottles with CANDY and lots of it!
Mine has Valentine colored peanut butter M&M’s, strawberry Whoppers, cherry gummy hearts (generic brand,) Good&Plenty black licorice, Conversation hearts  & of course, Red Hots.
♥6. Simply tie off each bottle with the label.
Label and more detailed instructions from LollyJane the creator of this pack of goodies.