2.29.2012

Product Rhi-view: Seventh Generation Baby Overnight Diapers

Seventh Generation Baby Overnight Diapers
Company Site: Seventh Generation
Product Details: For sweeter dreams and happier travels Everyone sleeps better when baby wears our NEW super-absorbent Free & Clear Overnight Diapers. The natural choice for naps, long trips or whenever baby needs extra protection, Overnights are free of fragrances, latex, chlorine and best of all, worries. And thanks to a new and improved core they're our most absorbent diapers ever. In celebration of our partnership with Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, (only in theatres, 2012), Free & Clear Overnight Diapers now feature delightful limited-edition character prints. Size 4 (22+ lbs)-24 ct Size 5 (27+ lbs)-20 ct Size 6 (35+ lbs)-17 ct

Ingredients: Chlorine free wood pulp, mixture of plant-derived polysaccharide and sodium polyacrylate (absorbent pad), polylactide* (dryness layer), polypropylene and polyethylene (core wrap, liner layer, outer layer, cuff moisture barrier layer, fastening system)†, adhesives (seams and joints), polyisoprene elastomeric, polymer spandex and polyurethane (fastening system and leg/waist elastic), inks (designs). * Our absorbent core contains wood pulp, corn- and wheat- derived materials to reduce the use of non-renewable petrochemicals. † Trace materials are commonly present in diaper products. Please visit seventhgeneration.com for more information on the brown color, trace materials and the use of petroleum-derived materials in our diapers


Worked well for us, not ONE leak. (4 Stars)
 
My little girl is a 12 hours of sleep a night kind of kid. While having leaks with our other brand (non-overnights) was never an issue they were always bursting by morning. When I saw the chance to check these out I decided to give them a try.

We went a full 14 hours one night/morning without leakage! I sometimes find that eco-friendly brands don't hold up to their counterparts but these were great. (Honestly I'd say they're comparable to Huggies Overnights). They're quite well made if a little scratchy textured and noisy. I definitely prefer the cloth-like texture of our other brand. The one issue I found with these (and have the same issue with Huggies) is that the straps and top always wound up kind of smooshed down and the edges would bunch inwards away from her sides leaving a slight gap. For some this kind of gap could mean leaks. As far as sizing goes, my little one has been in size 3's (she's about 25lbs) of our regular brand but I used the Stage 4's in these since we're about to move up in size on the others and these said 22-37lbs for Stage 4.

Overall I really liked the Seventh Generation Overnight Diapers so I decided we're going to give their training pants a try with our upcoming potty training adventure. These are about a third more expensive than what we usually use but if you care about eco-friendliness and can afford to spend the extra on them these are a great product.



Notes: Review sample provided by Amazon Vine. As always, my opinion on this product is my own and was not influenced by receiving the product for free.

Beauty Rhi-view: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Company Site: Simple Skincare
Product Details: New Simple® Cleansing Facial Wipes are a convenient way to cleanse and refresh the skin - while removing even waterproof mascara. They are oil-free and alcohol-free and do not contain any dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. These wipes are suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Directions: Lift seal and remove wipe. Gently wipe over eyelids, face and neck to cleanse the skin. After use, dispose of wipe in trash (do not flush). Reseal pack to keep wipes moist. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Cetearyl Isononanoate, Panthenol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Ceteareth-12, Sodium Citrate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben


Like the large size and gentle cleansing!  (4 Stars)
 
It's no secret that I love cleansing wipes. I've tried and reviewed several different brands. While the Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash was horrible, and I wouldn't wish the stuff on my worst enemy, I had no such issues with the Cleansing Facial Wipes.

These work very well removing makeup and the everyday grime one's skin gathers. The wipes themselves are really nice and big, not the tiny ones I've bought from other companies which is what I liked best about them. I have to note though that when I saw these in an advertisement on television they were shown with a quilty texture which these don't actually have.

My very sensitive and hyper-reactive skin hasn't had any problems with these yet but I only use them once or twice a week. I found them far gentler than a few other brands I have tried and would definitely use these again though I would recommend a different one for waterproof make-up removal. I didn't think these worked as well as my favorites on the waterproof makeup and weren't as gentle around the eyes but otherwise a decent choice.



Notes: Review sample provided by Amazon Vine. As always, my opinion on this product is my own and was not influenced by receiving the product for free.

2.27.2012

Book Rhi-view: Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Illustrated by Steve Rolston)
Non-Fiction, Science, Mythology, History
Hardcover $22.95 (120 pages, ANNICK PRESS)
Paperback $14.95
What do we really know about the vital stuff in our veins? Some people faint at the sight of blood while others eat black pudding or sip blood soup. Some can’t think of it without hearing the faint rustle of a vampire’s cape. Others rush to see the latest gory horror film. Why does blood hold such emotional power? Around the world, blood has always been a symbol of both life and death: blood rites, blood oaths, and blood-soaked legends. Today, we have scientific facts about blood types, transfusions, blood-borne illnesses, and crime-scene blood spatter. Yet the fluid still holds mystery. Open this book to learn about the symbolism and reality of blood, from its role in ancient sacrifices to its uses in modern medicine and forensics. Striking black-and-red illustrations appear throughout, with each chapter introduced in comic-book style by young Harker, a goth narrator with a worrisome relish for all things bloody. As SEEING RED reveals, blood continues to make us cringe while holding us in its thrall. (Age 10 and up)
Publisher Site: Annick Press

Some Bloody Good NonFic Reading for Tweens (5 stars)

If your child has ever been curious about blood in any way shape or form this is a great book to get the conversation rolling. With my husband working in the blood industry and my being an avid reader of vampire fiction my tweenager gets plenty of exposure to discussions of blood but there have always been areas of curiosity that we'd never touched on. When I saw SEEING RED I had to check it out.

This is one jam-packed book. My tween is very much a reluctant reader unless he discovers a book himself but even he was intrigued when I'd call him over to share some of the fascinating info within. I loved that it focused not only on the scientific side of blood like how people learned what it really does and how our bodies use it but contains a massive amount of cultural stuff as well. Afterall, ancient people had very different beliefs about blood than what we know today. It was fun reading the parts about how blood is consumed with my kid who thought it was 'sooo disgusting'.

The only issue I found with SEEING RED was actually in the formatting. Occasionally the images would overlap sections of text making it impossible to read a few lines in full. Artistically speaking the blood drops and bandages give it a great look but not being able to read some text should just have been a no-no. The comic about Harker meeting vampires is a cute aside as he learns the blood stuff along with the reader though.

On the whole I would love to see this in our school library because I think this was both educational and entertaining, a combination I want to see more of for this age group. As an adult I was impressed with the variety of topics and how it was all presented. Fascinating discussions are sure to follow reading about the Holy Grail and porphyria, 'blood brothers' and menstruation, vampires and the criminology of blood spatter.




Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.



Check out more interesting titles from Annick Press:


2.26.2012

February 2012 Cravebox 'Make-a-Date' : Unboxing & First Impressions

Visit www.cravebox.com to find out how to subscribe!

I swear I don't get sick when it's time to do an unboxing vlog on purpose. Anyone else seem to find they either have a massive break-out that makeup can't hide or they're so sick they look and sound like a zombie when they get a subscription box they really want to unbox on camera?


This cold thing just lingers and lingers on too. I feel much better but not good either. So I guess I won't be doing the video review of the wrinkle releaser I was planning to do unless it's much later. Though I still think the theme for the box is a little patchy I can live without a theme. I could say some of that is from how well they did the January cravebox. The theme fit the items both individually and as a collective group very well.

The Make-a-Date Cravebox included:


• 3 packets of EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster $4.20
The Natural Energy Booster with a tangy citrus burst and a lasting natural energy boost! This EBOOST formula is loaded with green tea, vitamins and super nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin D and B-12 in an easy to mix effervescent packet. It's low calorie and sweetened with Stevia too!

• 1 thinkThin Protein Bar (Creamy Peanut Butter) $1.99
Made with creamy peanut butter and cocoa, this delicious high protein bar is covered in delicious milk chocolate to satisfy any craving. With 20 grams of protein and zero grams of sugar, this tasty bar is entirely gluten free.


• 1 thinkThin Crunch Bar (Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts) $1.99
This lower sugar nut bar has 70% less sugar and 80% more protein than leading fruit and nut bars. Packed with peanuts, almonds and cashews drizzled with honey and covered in rich delicious chocolate, this bar is a good source of fiber and perfect for healthy snacking on the go.



Downy Wrinkle Releaser (3 oz. travel size) $2.50
Just spray, tug, and smooth any time you need to quickly reduce wrinkles without the hassle of an iron. Downy Wrinkle Releaser is an easy-to-use spray that smoothes out wrinkles in seconds and leaves clothes with a light fresh scent. Its unique formula relaxes fibers to help release wrinkles.

AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam (1 oz. deluxe sample) $12.20
AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam effectively removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin's natural protective barrier. It is ideal for normal, oily, and acne-prone skin, minimizing the appearance and severity of blemishes. Botanical extracts add gentle stimulation and energy for a refreshing effect.

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System (1 oz. deluxe sample) $12.96
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System provides an instant and lasting boost of refreshment for any skin-type, anytime, anywhere. Give your complexion a dose of botanical moisture with this best-selling, on-the-go, rejuvenating solution for ongoing radiance whether you are at home, on a plane, or in the great outdoors.


• 6 BiC Mark-It Permanent Markers (Rambunctious Red, Fandango Pink, Playful Purple, Pink Flamingo, Plumtastic Purple, and Desert Rose) $6
Fine bullet nib, line width 1.1mm, Permanent alcohol-based ink, Low-odor, Quick-drying , Bright and vivid colors, Plastic barrel, Rubber grip for comfort and control, Supple clip and grip colors match ink color, Large choice of colors
To use at home for Art & Craft activities or at the office for labelling and classifying


(All prices listed for above products are either exact prices listed on product websites or retailers, or are estimated value based on percentage of product versus amount in full sized product. Approximate value of this boxes' content is $36.)

Overall a decent selection of products but nothing I was immediately excited to try.

I've used the Downy Wrinkle Releaser years ago when my man was in the Army. You would not believe how often we cheated on ironing his uniform with this product. But now that he can wear tee shirts and jeans to work and he's usually in a lab coat the most wrinkles I deal with are when I can't get to the drier fast enough and everything's got that wadded up thing going on.

As far as the thinkThin bars go, I'm not sure what I think. The name suggests weight loss which isn't something I, personally, am very concerned about but anyone who's been following me the past few years knows how much I love energy bars. Sometimes it's my breakfast or other meal as I run out the door. The creamy peanut butter sounds yummy so we shall see.

The skincare products intrigue me. The company is Korea based so I'm going to have to research it though I have started using it. My skin is very soft after cleansing and hydrating but I need at least a full week before I decide if it's something I want to keep using.

Unexpectedly the best part of the box for me is the BiC permanent markers. We are a Sharpie using house. Permanent markers are a Walker Family must have so I'm looking forward to comparing these to the Sharpie brand. I think we might even 'tattoo' the tot with some flowers and butterflies if these are skin safe. She loves being drawn on and gets so sad when pen washes off.

As soon as I finished the video I popped one of the EBOOST packets open and dumped it in my water. Alas—and this was strange 'cause nothing aside from antibiotics has done this to me—two sips and I was hanging my head over the toilet. I do NOT like Stevia as a sweetener (it's not safe for pregnant women either so be aware!) and it was ALL I could taste. I managed not to vomit but it really did make me sick the rest of the day. I will not be using the other two packets. Just thinking about it is making me a little nauseous.

Hopefully I will be reviewing some of these products in March, once I get caught up from us being sick and I can try them all. ;)

2.23.2012

The Sickies! More random chatter... it'll be funny!



Sooo the boy is still sick-ish. I'm furious with his teacher because he had 2 days to get my son's work together and it was an epic FAIL. Which means we had a 3 day weekend it could have all been finished in but noooo. I've been sick since Saturday, couldn't cancel my spa-day so I spent the whole time being miserable and tyring to enjoy the extra long massage because my poor aesthetician was running late thanks to the new receptionist.

You can find out if you'll get it on the website!
Now the poor tot is sick. Our plans to move her into her big girl bed have been foiled all week thanks to the weather not making it easy to move step-sis's furniture into the garage for storage. Hub's birthday was essentially canceled. I begged him to just go out and have dinner with his parents but he wouldn't. I'm a lucky lady there. Did I mention the ONLY thing tot wants to watch is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse? Her cold is not helping the impatience over not being able to make it be on 24/7. lol The good news is Disney is finally going to have a 24 hour Disney Junior channel coming in March! They're even going to have our son's favorite from when he was the tot's age—Rolie Polie Olie!

As I sit here typing up this post I have to giggle because what am I hearing through the baby monitor? She's singing the jingle from the DreamLites commercial. I'll admit it... I went to the website. I'm tempted but just not convinced. We already have three Pillow Pets and a Twilight Turtle that she loves. Not sure I can bust out $39.95 + S&H when we already have similar stuff. They sure are cute though. Plus I think she'd do better with it when she moves to the big girl bed than the hard plastic turtle. We'll see... maybe once I finally get this song out of my head. Seriously, watch this thing once and it will be stuck in your head for days!



There's been some good this week though. I totally won a Jewelmint piece on Tuesday! Even better... I got to pick! I'll hopefully be getting the Web Lace Ring which is probably the first piece I really wanted but rings are hard for me to wear so it was exciting to get it as a win. Plus I paid off my CC. Feels sooo good seeing it at zero. Now if only I could say I paid off my mortgage. Ha!

My Cravebox for February showed up today. I made an unboxing video even though I'm so sick. I'll have to give it it's own post with some photos tomorrow. It's okay loot but I'm not really wowed. I figured I'd try the EBOOST powder when I finished the video so I scanned the ingredients (gotta make sure no kiwi or certain herbs are in there lol) but ugh it's sweetened with Stevia. My mom's been a Stevia fan for years. I've tried it and find the aftertaste really unbearable. But I figured it would be fine since it's a small serving. OMG I was so sick. It's been almost 7 hours and my stomach still hurts. I had to rinse my mouth with black coffee, chew gum, and finally eat some toast to keep from vomiting. It was sooo gross tasting and I am not picky. All I could taste was the Stevia. Needless to say I will not be drinking the other two packets. I'll stick with Emergen-C.

And on a closing note... I need to go get reading for the other blog but check out these seriously 'why didn't I think of that' Life Hacks. Okay, so I have thought of a few of those. But some of them are too clever not to put to use. Like storing all the cords for the cameras and gadgets in empty toilet paper tubes? *facepalm* I could be saving my sanity with something I toss to the mice for their knawing habits. Later peoples! Rhi-out!

2.15.2012

A little bit of this, a little bit of that... fashion, reviewing, and cooking...

I am so sick of having my son home sick! I love having him home in the summer because when he's driving me nuts I can send him outside or to a friend's house. When he's sick he's whiny and annoying and a big baby about taking medicine. Let's just say this afternoon's dose involved me sopping up grape juice from the counter, stove, and floor. Having him home also doesn't help the tot get settled at nap time. We're 0 for 3 this week. My fingers are crossed she dozes off in the next few minutes 'cause—as my grandma likes to say—I need her nap.

As I was busy trying to juggle the kids, write a book review, and choose a photo for a contest I was entering I noticed I had a photo from the dinner I threw together last week I wanted to share but I also had some other stuff and thought hell with it, let's just have some randomness!


First up is the dinner... I had a Butternut Squash I needed to get out of my sight so I roasted it the way I used to for baby food. I had plans to make this insanely delicious risotto recipe I have but discovered I was out of dried cranberries. Apparently the raisins in the back of the cupboard are not cranberries. *doh* So I agonized over what to do with it.

2.14.2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I know there are lots of haters out there but I am not one of them. Honestly, when people start hating on it I get kind of pissed. I don't understand the need to bash something that's supposed to be positive. Sure, we should celebrate love every day but who does that? I think as humans we need reminders. It's like New Years... suddenly everyone decides to diet or quit smoking or spend less... only V-day is the day they remember to bring home flowers for their wife or dust off the hubby's favorite dinner recipe, send a card to their long-distance BFF or bring cupcakes to work for the people they spend so much of their day with.

Alas, my school aged kid has been home sick all week and the tot doesn't quite get the concept yet. We'll be having whatever I throw together for dinner and then working on the safety stuff for setting up the tot's room for her big girl bed transition. I anticipate it being a very LONG night. Oh, and I bought cologne for the hubs and Jewelmint goodies for myself from him. I told him he could see what he got me on Valentine's Day when I wear them... and his reply was 'you'll be wearing just your new jewelry?'. Cheeky bastard. ;)

But all of this blahblahbiddyblah so I can show you what he made for his coworkers for Valentine's Day...


Valentine's Day in the SW Universe goes something like this:

Leia: "I love you."
Han: "I know."

Han ends up all frozen, then packed off to a gangster's manHuttcave... but I bet if he were frozen in chocolate Jabba would have eaten him before Leia could attempt a rescue. You have to be thankful for the little things, no?


Want to make your own Han Solo in Carbonite chocolates for your Valentine?

You will need:

(we used Dark Cocoa Mint, brown ones are recommended)
(we used Silver)
• Wax or Parchment Paper (the kind used for baking)
• a spoon

Just follow the directions on the Candy Melts package to melt the chocolate, spoon it into the molds, gently tap the mold on the counter to release air bubbles, let stand (or set in fridge) until solid, pop them out and lay them on the sheet of wax paper or parchment, then use the Color Mist to 'spray paint' them to a metallic finish.

Personally I liked them before he made them completely silver. Just a fine mist made them look more bronze. I know most versions you see are silver but watch ROTJ... looks more bronze than silver to me. Just sayin'.

Happy Valentine's Day people... and may the Force be with you. :P




2.13.2012

Book Rhi-view: Handmade Chic by Laura Bennett

Handmade Chic: Fashionable Projects That Look High-End, Not Homespun
Crafts, Accessories, Fashion
Hardcover $24.99 (208 pages, RODALE)
Ebook $9.99
In Handmade Chic, Laura shares simple strategies for creating 40 small luxuries and high-fashion accessories, from a smart leather iPad portfolio to a feather-embellished evening bag. With sections organized in skill-building order and based on type of accessory—small leather goods, agendas and notepads, electronics, bags and wallets, and evening items—Laura offers patterns, easy-to-follow diagrams, and detailed instructions for fabricating each glamorous project, whether it involves sewing from scratch or embellishing a prepurchased garment. While showcasing her own creative designs, she provides readers with the basic techniques and encouragement they need to come up with variations and create their own signature pieces.
Packed with Laura’s signature flair and finesse, vibrant four-color photos, step-by-step drawings, and a complete list of suggestions on where to purchase materials, Handmade Chic is an accessible guide to at-home crafting that is elegant enough for the most modern, fashion-savvy of women.
Publisher Site: Rodale Press

Inspiring Images, Not-So-Friendly Tone (3 stars)

I've become a gadget girl. But with ereaders and tablets comes the need for good covers. What initially interested me about HANDMADE CHIC was that it's contents listed a pattern for an iPad portfolio and a Kindle cover.

The book is jam packed with really great project ideas and details on working with materials I've fantasized about trying to work with but never felt confident to guess at trying. The illustrations and instructions are nicely done. If I actually decided to take on one of these projects I don't doubt I could follow them to a nice finished product. In particular I—being a book blogger—was most drawn to the book cover and Kindle cover. Alas, the Kindle (and iPad) cover did not impress. It uses a clear gel skin to hold the Kindle when I was hoping for something less gimicky. It's attractive but far from what I had hoped to find.

While I love Bennett's suggestion of finding thrift shop leather (and fur) goods and giving them new life in the projects here I couldn't get past the overall snooty tone of the book. I get it... some people don't like thinking of accessory making as 'crafting' but I also cannot imagine those same people bothering to sew their own mink handbag or make a men's wallet when they could just buy them.

Overall, if you can get past the mild snobbery there are some exciting projects in leather, fur (faux or real), and even a nightgown made from a bra. It's a great book for learning a bit out working with leather—I'm much less intimidated now!—and is sure to inspire some really chic creations.



Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

2.12.2012

Book Rhi-view: Little Seeds by Charles Ghinga

Little Seeds (My Little Planet) by Charles Ghigna and A.G. Jatkowska
Board Book, Toddlers, Gardening
Board Book $6.95 (24 pages, CAPSTONE)
In this poem, children discover that planting seeds is an exciting adventure that is good for the Earth, too! (Preschool)
Publisher Site: Capstone

Pretty but I'm confused...  (4 stars)

A pretty little poem and lovely, color-rich illustrations make LITTLE SEEDS and eye-catching and cute board book. But as part of the My Little Planet series I'm utterfly baffled as to what this one has to do with encouraging environmentalism in little readers. With other titles focusing on recycling and litter pick-up how does planting flowers measure up? I get it and yet I don't. Plants are important to our environment but there's really no presentation of it that way here.

Pushing that aside—even though it is what drew me to the book for my voraciously book loving 2-year-old—this is a cute book. There's a welcome spring message that translated really well with my little one even though we're still stuck in dreary winter. She loved telling me what she was seeing in the pictures and naming the colors of things. The craft in the back is classic and will be lots of fun when my little one is a bit older.

Though I wish it was more about an environmental issue in direction LITTLE SEEDS is not one to pass up. We loved the images and the poem was easy for me to read while holding my little girl's attention. A nice addition to our board book library.



Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.


More Capstone Board Books:

2.06.2012

Fashion Rhi-view: Jewelmint's Remember Versailles Earrings

Remember Versailles Earrings
Costume Jewelry, Hematite, Pierced
Company Site: Jewelmint
Product Details: Indulge your inner Francophile with these ornate 2 ½" sparklers. Inspired by the popular Versailles Earrings, this chandelier design boasts new, yet equally stunning, charcoal crystals. Teamed with your favorite LBD or LWD, this black hematite pair hits the mark. Slip them on like a modern day Marie Antoinette and remember Versailles!




You can see visible tug here but I don't find them uncomfortable.


Instant Femme Fatale Glamour (5 stars)

My great-great grandmother was a French immigrant. From a very young age the call of my inner Francophile has been drawn to all things bearing a French flavor. But I've always been a champagne lover on a croissant budget. The closest I've come to anything French and fashionable is breathing in my grandmother's Chanel No.5 scent.

When I joined Jewelmint the original clear crystal version of the Versailles Earrings was the first piece I was completely prepared to buy  but it was sold out. The perfect special occasion earrings at an unbeatable price they seemed destined for my jewelry box. Hunting down someone's extra pair proved to be too pricey and just when I gave up hope they re-released them in this hematite and smokey crystal version. I snapped them up immediately, fearing they would sell out overnight if I didn't. As of the time of this review they're still available so make sure you pick up a pair soon if you like them!

Dressed down...
The photographs from Jewelmint do them no justice. The color just looks too desaturated to give you a good idea of their true hue. The central stone is a black crystal but the others are a soft smoky charcoal color. Against the hematite the stones have real pop. Even the photos I took without the flash caught sparkles. While perfect for evening attire with their dark elegance, this version can be dressed-down with ease. I wore them with a white tee and a black scarf with metalic threads in it for a day of errands. They make an elegant statement and I think wearers with lighter hair coloring would get even more notice from them.

Backs were off when they arrived.
The only major flaw I found with them is that they are quite heavy, heavier than the originals (which I was able to catch in a Daily Deal set). I believe it's the difference in the metals used. The backs do not stay on well either which may be in part from the weight. To keep mine from falling off I added a set of the clear stoppers used on fishhooks to the end of the posts and had no further trouble. You can buy packages of them just about anywhere, my husband picked mine up at Walmart and I've seen packages of 100 on Amazon for under $3.

If you missed out on the original Versailles I would highly encourage you to purchase these. They just scream Femme Fatale. Every time I've worn them I've received compliments and I love the versatility of such a glam, blingy earring. I sort of picture them as the devil-on-your-shoulder version of the originals, just a bit more naughty, possessing a deliciously je m'en fous vibe perfect for those with a more rock-chic style when it's time to dress-up.

 






Notes: I am not being compensated for this review. This product was purchased by me.

2.05.2012

Book Rhi-view: Knits for Nerds by Toni Carr

Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy by Toni Carr
Crafts, Knitting, Geekery
Paperback $16.99 (144 pages, ANDREWS MCMEEL)
Ebook $9.99
Release Date: February 21st, 2012
The best of science fiction, manga, and animaguiri meets knit one, purl two as knit siren and part-time roller derby girl Joan of Dark offers up an out-of-this-world assortment of knitting nerdiness inside Knits for Nerds. The patterns for 30 iconic clothing and accessory items inspired by popular TV shows, books, films, comics, and more--including Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Firefly--are presented alongside full-color photographs showcasing completed projects, such as:
* Lieutenant Uhura's sexy Star Trek minidress
* Hobbit feet slippers
* Firefly-inspired scarf, socks, hat, and jacket
* Tank Girl socks
* Hermione Granger's secret beaded bag
* Manga-inspired leg warmers
* The Big Bang Theory-inspired his and hers sweater-vests
* Lord of the Rings-inspired shrug
In addition to a wardrobe of costume finery, hobbyists will also find instructions for practical projects such as an e-reader cover or a laptop bag crafted of checkered fabric that serves double-duty as a chessboard and carryall, as well as patterns for plush toys inspired by Star Trek, robots, and the comic book Squee! Wear (and knit!) your nerdiness on your sleeve with Knits for Nerds.
Publisher Site: www.andrewsmcmeel.com

Love Geekery? Geek for Knitting? Buy this book. (5 stars)

For the record, I don't knit. I attempted to learn it in high school and it was surprisingly frustrating that I just could not GET IT. I've tried again since then only once more and realized it just wasn't going to happen. So with that in mind I cannot rate this book's instructional quality or actual patterns. But I picked it up more for my love of all craft and cookbooks focusing on geekery.

What makes this book an ultimate win is that this isn't just for one kind of geek. There's something for every geek. From comicbook and film fandoms to science and gadget geeks. Star Trek and Firefly fans get the best loots in KNITS FOR NERDS. Clothing and accessories make up the majority of projects from socks and hats to scarves and sweaters but adorable toys and handy bags fill your fandoms with love.

What really impressed the geek in me was that Carr didn't focus only on well-known fandoms such as Dr. Who or Harry Potter. Readers of my book blog will be super psyched to know that the very first project in the book is a scarf inspired by the Alchemists in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy (and Bloodlines) series. Other book related projects include a stunning shawl inspired by Wicked Lovely, Hobbit feet slippers, and Temeraire inspired Dragon Rider Gloves. Love Neil Gaiman? Not only are a few of these projects inspired by his work but many of the photos in this book were taken at his home!

Strangely enough the real gem of the book is the Introduction. It is—and Carr actually says so—a 'love letter to the nerd community'. There's just something charming and utterly heart-warming about the passion and creativity that oozes from every single page of this book... a knitting book of all things! So while I may not knit I absolutely loved this book and really wish I knew a knitter who would make me the Aim to Misbehave Brown Jacket, it is quite possibly the coolest fan project I have ever seen and completely wearable by a non-fan too!




Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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2.04.2012

January Cravebox | 2012 Vitality: Unboxing & First Impressions


Well, I had hoped to do a video of this unboxing, but with a house full of sickies and animals there just wasn't a good opportunity to work on one and I don't want to put it off any longer. As it is the box took so long to get here (it arrived on February 1st) that it's not much of a January box anymore. *giggle*

Ah well. It's tardiness is made up for with the amazing goodies inside. The team behind Cravebox must have listened well when their subscribers received the December box. While it wasn't a bad box, it wasn't very exciting either.


January's Cravebox is The 2012 Vitality Box focusing on 'your health inside & out'. Definitely a well thought out box for the month when people seem most motivated to make healthy lifestyle changes such as eating right and getting more exercise.



The Vitality Box features five products.

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mèreadesso Woman Face and Neck Toning Gel
Emergen-C Vitamin Drink Mix
Switch2Health STEP Pedometer

2.03.2012

The Friday Five: Dystopian Reads to Enjoy Before THG

Hey all! I've been a bit bogged down with RL this week. Sick kids. Paperwork. Closet cleaning. Family issues. Now I'm catching the bug that's going around and I slept like crap last night so I think I'm going to make this post a bit of a quickie.

I was stumped about topics for today. I didn't have time for a post last week since I was busy baking and getting ready for my Pure Romance party. The party ended up being pretty much a bust and I'm bummed but c'est la vie. I thought about doing a post featuring five yummy PR products to have a sweet and calorie-free Valentine's Day treat but I'm not sure on what the legalities of that would be since you have to be over 18 to shop in their online store. Blah, blah, whatever. I nixed that idea.

Finally, after wracking my brain for a relevant topic I realized The Hunger Games movie is only 7 weeks away! This is the perfect time to share some other great dystopian fiction I've enjoyed. So here you go... four YA titles and a truly amazing adult title that is not to be missed. You can find out more about each by visiting my reviews from my book blog or clicking the cover image to be taken to Amazon.

In no special order or numbered because these are all very different from one another and I loved them all for different reasons. The sequel to Wither, Fever, comes out on the 21st. The sequel to Bumped, Thumped, comes out in April. Under the Never Sky has a sequel in the works and has been optioned for a film adaptation. Cinder also has a sequel in the works called Scarlet.




Oh! And hop on over to my book blog before Sunday to enter the giveaway I have going over there. Don't worry I'm planning another one for RhiAlistic later this month. Have a great weekend and be on the lookout for that upcoming giveaway!

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