Wednesday, July 23

How I love my Wacom INTUOS Tablet, let me count thee ways.

GreenVics; Self Portrait I did on Day 2.

1. It's pretty badass!
2. The detail I can draw while zoomed in 200%+ is unbelievable. 
3. Affordable!
4. The Pressure Point on the Creative Pen, and while adjusting Tool Thickness/Shade is fun to play with!
5. Even if you are like me, and drawing is just a hobby.. this tablet is Easy to use!

I received the most awesome Birthday present ever this month.  It's something I've been wanting forever.  I received a lot of great things, I felt very spoiled, from my Wacom Intuos Tablet, Starbucks Giftcards, and an abundance of my favorite Green Teas.  The way to my heart is through Art, Coffee, and Tea. I am also doing another Harvey Prince post for Hello soon too! So, yay, Hope you read my posts!


So this is my newest precious.  The moment I set it up (as simple as plugging in a usb, and popping in a disc.) I was doodling.  I find myself drawing things here, and there in the Autodesk Sketchbook Express Program just because.. I want to see if I can remember how to draw things I did over 20 years ago.


This is Leo, from TMNT that I drew from memory for my little brother.  I don't know why, but it calms me to be able to shut my eyes, and remember lines, and certain strokes to create an image. 


Little Weirdo Eye Sketch using the Pen Tablet.  


Here is one of the very first things I drew with the Tablet.  I had been watching Puppet Master all Week (Dollar General had whole box set series of Full Moon DVDs on sale for $4.95, so I dorked out to some old School Horror.)


When the Kids saw what I was doing, the requests started pouring in for Pirate Skulls, and Horses.


I really hope this helps my blog become more personal, and fun for myself to do.


I forgot how much I loved to draw.  The last thing I drew, and put any effort in were DIY Dr. Seuss Themed Letters for my son's bedroom wall.. that was a while ago. I'm going to practice, and become a paint, smudge, pencil, blur, penciling machine. I'm hooked, and already want to learn more.



Tuesday, July 22

Summer Fun with @BlueDiamond Rosemary & Black Pepper Almond Salsa Burgers, and Berry Almond Shortcake in a Cup #SummerTime #Recipes #Ad

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.


Below are two very easy, and delicious Summer Time recipes for using Almonds.  The first recipe I used Blue Diamond Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds, Tomatoes, and Peppers from my garden to make a Savory Salsa that is All Natural, and Gluten free.  I used the salsa over top Burgers for a BBQ today. Everyone loved it! Especially my Nephew, and his friends, it was sweet while sneaking in good Protein from the Chopped Almonds. Then for something even sweeter, I made a Berry Almond Shortcake in a Mason Jar Cup, with Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds.




Ingredients, 

1/2 cup Blue Diamond Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds 
4 Large Ripe Tomatoes
6 Sweet Cherry Tomatoes
2 Sweet Yellow Bell Peppers
1 Sweet Red Bell Pepper
1 cup Red Onions
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Vinegar
1/2 tsp Salt

Directions,

Dice up the Bell Peppers, and take the seeds out.  Throw in a Blender( I don't have a food possessor so I used a regular Blender to prove you don't need a lot of fancy things.), and Chop more (I like mine chunky so I only Chopped for a few seconds.)  

Put into a bowl.

Dice up the Large tomatoes.  Throw in a Blender, and Chop more. Use a strainer, and put the bigger chunks into the bowl with the Bell Peppers.

Dice up the Cherry Tomatoes, (Leave a few of the Cherry Tomatoes whole, and just cut into half and throw in the Bowl with the other ingredients if you like Chunky.)

Dice up the Red Onions, and Poblanos or whatever other peppers you like.  I chose not to make this one spicy because I wanted all the kids to enjoy it Throw into the Blender to Chop more.  

Throw in the bowl with the rest.

By now the bowl should have the Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, and Poblanos.

Throw the whole Almonds in the blender, and Finely chop them.  

Add them to the bowl with the other ingredients.

Now add the Sugar, Vinegar, Salt,  Mix, and Serve! The Blue Diamond Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds have a great tasting seasoning added on to the Almonds already that I didn't have to add a lot of seasoning to the Salsa itself.


I do love me some home made recipes, but opted to do a very simple, and easy Berry Almond Shortcake In A Cup Desert Recipe


Ingredients,

Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds
Strawberries
Blueberries
Extra Creamy Reddi-Whip
Shortcake Cups

Directions,

Chop Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds up in the Blender, and layer it between Shortcake, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Whip cream.  

The cute County Fair Jar Cups I found at Dollar Tree and fell in love with them.  








Tuesday, July 1

My love of a certain plant.


I just wanted to do a quick update on how great my cherry tomato plants are doing! They remind me that moving from the Midwest back to Virginia was worth the headache.  I've already ate 3 off the plant, ahaha. Growing up I would walk around eating tomatoes like apples.  Then I discovered cherry ones, and they are my absolute favorites.  Don't get me wrong I love a juicy big boy too.

Are you growing anything? This year all I planted was diff tomatoes, and peppers.  My dream is to have a bigger garden.  I want my whole front/side yard to be an edible garden while the backyard will be for the kiddos.

Tomatoes are extremely easy to grow, they shoot up like weeds.  They just need sunlight, and plenty of water.


Thursday, June 19

The Greatest Gifts for Grads at Best Buy. @BestBuy #GreatestGrad

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Congratulations to all the Graduates of all ages.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite Moving out Gifts that personally make my life a little easier.  The LG Microwave & Pizza oven is a must, along with the Frigidaire 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator.  I think its a great investment, can use it in a bedroom (if you rent,) a home office (if you don't want distractions,) or when the years go by for the kids (if you want a family.) or your "man/bedroom cave" whatever it may be.  My favorite Gift that is under $50.00 that goes along with the Moving out Graduate would be the BISSELL Cordless 2-in-1 Handheld/Stick Vacuum (everyone needs to clean lol.)


Moving out: Gifts for the Grad that is getting ready for college or may be simply moving out into the world on their own, help them get all set up.

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Fitness Fanatic: Gifts for this grad include tech and small appliances that play to their healthy, on the go, athletic nature. Out for a run, in the kitchen or at the gym, a great gifts for this grad helps them stay on track in many ways.

Scroll below to find out other great gift ideas.  If you still don't know what to get your graduate, try a BestBuy Giftcard and let themselves pick!

Tuesday, June 17

Harvey Prince #Review & Three WINNER #Giveaway #Whifflove

Disclaimer, this is a sponsored Review/Giveaway, Prize is mailed directly from the sponsor, Giveaway begins 6.18.14, ends 7.2.14, THREE WINNERS chosen at random via rafflecopter. Giveaway open to U.S. & Canada Residents Only.   


Now since the boring Disclaimer stuffs is out of the way, YAY! Time for the fun part.  The review.. Sorry.. this isn't what I typically wear, but you know what? I enjoy how the scent of Harvey Prince Eau Fling literally changes.  When I first spray it on it smells a bit dark (musky.) but just a few minutes later it is sweet. What is this trickery?  I do like the fact that it is something different.  My husband has been giving me compliments about it all week that I smell sexy.  After being sick, and on nasal steroids before, this was exactly what I needed to hear! The natural aromas do play with the senses. I can really smell, and feel why these combinations are considered a "love potion." I am also a pretty huge fan of companies that throw in samples too.  I was impressed with how even the sample sprays had little nozzles, and one was a roll on! I just want to roll around in the grass with Harvey Prince (The Perfumes, duh.) while hugging them, because I love smellies.  I may look a little weird doing so, but I don't care. Atleast I'll smell pretty.



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Eau Fling is inspired by a study conducted at The Smell and Taste Treatment & Research Foundation in Chicago, led by two physicians with over 50 years of medical experience between them. The study tested the effects of 30 different single scents and combined ingredient scents on male sexual arousal. Lavender, jasmine and pumpkin pie proved to evoke the most passionate response.

Notes: Lavender, Blackcurrant, Plum, Raspberry, Apple, Jasmine, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Musk, Rare Woods

Style: Stimulating. Sensual. Spicy.

It’s cool to be casual with Eau Fling.



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Thursday, June 5

HBO series True Detective is on Blu-Ray! @BestBuy @BestBuyWOLF #HBOatBestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Really.. All I need to say is.. Matthew McConaughey, and Woody Harrelson, need I say more? Imagine a 17 year old chase, for one of the worst Serial Killers imaginable, and you've got HBOs True Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart.  HBO has some of my families favorite Original Television Series.  True Detective Season 1 Release date is June 10th.  I am actually getting this for my Dad for Fathers Day! He is a huge True Detective Fan.  If you've never seen the series, you should! True Detective also contains a Digital HD Copy with the Series Disc.  

HBO All on Sale will be from 6/8 – 6/14 at Best Buy - both in store & online. Fathers Day is June 15th ! Perfect time to get some of those Favorite Series for Pops, or your Hubby, maybe just yourself too.. No one has to know your splurge, heh.


Synopsis:

The lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, become entangled during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.

Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

FOR INFORMATION ON THE SHOW:

http://www.hbo.com/true-detective#/

Great shows beat plaid ties anytime. Check out some great gifting ideas from Best Buy including these hit series from HBO:

HBO’s hit True Detective

HBO’s Game of Thrones

HBO’s Eastbound and Down

HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm

HBO is also who brings us ROME, True Blood, Sex in the City, Dead Wood, Six Feet Under, Sopranos, and many, many others.  All which can be purchased at Best Buy online! Remember if you wait til June 8 2014, Best Buy will have HBO Titles on Sale online, and in Store through June 14 2014.