Licorice – A Sponsor of Happy Birthdays!

Licorice – A Sponsor of Happy Birthdays!

When I went to Italy, I recall having an upset stomach one evening after one of many fantastic meals made by my Italian friends. One of those friends reached in her purse & said, “Ecco.” (“Here.”) She handed me a tiny tablet that was smaller than a tic tac, and said “Put it under your tongue & suck on it.” It was so black, it actually looked like she might be giving me a “pill of death.” (ha!) It had a pretty bitter taste for a short while, but it ended on a VERY sweet note. It also ended with me wearing a black tongue for about 2 days. (I accidentally let it slip out from under there a few times. It stains the tongue.) I’m not completely sure what it was called, but it was a licorice tablet of some...

What to Take to the Beach: Boca Clips!

What to Take to the Beach: Boca Clips!

For many folks, summertime often includes a beach trip! If you are pooped this year & too tired to even think about what you need to pack, I have included a list of things to remember/consider below! Recently, I found a new item I don’t usually think about when I’m packing for the beach, but it seems like a really handy tool. Boca Clips makes a clip for your towel to keep it in place on your beach chair/lounger and clips to help keep your sarong or towel in place on your body! They are fairly inexpensive & come in really festive designs like the parrot, flamingo, and flip flip styles seen below.  Of course, since this is a “creativite-thinking” blog – I must mention there are tons of ways to make this yourself! Get the...

Why Are There So Many Bugs This Year? 2012

Why Are There So Many Bugs This Year? 2012

Do you have grilling plans this weekend?  How about a camping or hiking trip in your near future? Are you playing with the kids and pets outside more?  Are you hitting the pool or lake as often as you can? Do you find yourself on your front or back porch several times a week? If you live in the Southern United States it’s summertime, which means you’re doing some or all of the above activities.  If you’re doing those activities, you probably have guests you don’t even know joining your good times.  In one week, I visit my general practitioner for my yearly physical and the veterinarian to get my pooch his own yearly check-up & shots. Both doctors told me that this summer was going to be one of the worst when it comes to BUGS. For...

Unique Ways to Organize Jewelry: Tennis Racket!

Unique Ways to Organize Jewelry: Tennis Racket!

When I come home,  I am tired, & my jewelry sometimes ends up wherever it lands.  I read somewhere that “everything has to have its place” or it will end up in a catch-all spot …. or several catch-all spots in the house.  It’s not that I don’t have jewelry boxes or little compartment-like things I have tried over the years – it’s accessibility.  A lot of times we give something a “place to live,” but it’s not a realistic place for “our” lifestyle.  For example – I used to keep my bed linens in a cabinet – at the top….. where I couldn’t reach it. Consequently, the frequency of linen washing dropped, because it was too much trouble.  Jewelry often has odd shape,...

Unique Gift for Any Occasion: The Gurgle Pot

Unique Gift for Any Occasion: The Gurgle Pot

If you happen to be in the market for a gift to give that is unique & will be something the recipient will never forget (& be sure to think of you every time they use it)- go Gurgle Pot.  The “Gurgle Pot” is a fish-shaped pitcher (mostly used for water) that when tipped for pouring makes a fantastically cheery gurgling sound that puts a smile on your guests’ face every time.   Matt Ellison, the creator of the gurgle pot, started making them after seeing (and hearing) something just like it at a dinner in France.  He’s built a company out of it that produces them in many colors & can ship all over the world! Look around – they might even be in stores in your area. This would be a good gift for: ~Weddings (showers, teas,...