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Friday, May 30, 2014

Silly Saturday - May 31, 2014


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A Little Biblical Humor

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany ?...
A. German Shepherds.


Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.


Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.


Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.


Q.. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A. Samson. He brought the house down.


Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden ?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.


Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once..


Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan, The banks were always overflowing.


Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?
A. David. He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.


Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.


Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ?
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck. (Groan .....)


PS. Did you know it's a sin for a woman to make coffee?
Yup, it's in the Bible. It says . .. . "He-brews"





The old man placed an order for one hamburger, French fries and a drink.

He unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half, placing one half in front of his wife.

He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife.

He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them. As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the people around them were looking over and whispering.  Obviously they were thinking, ‘That poor old couple - all they can afford is one meal for the two of them.’

As the man began to eat his fries a young man came to the table and politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The old man said, they were just fine - they were used to sharing everything.

People closer to the table noticed the little old lady hadn’t eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.

Again, the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal for them. This time the old woman said ‘No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything.’

Finally, as the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of food and asked ‘What is it you are waiting for?’

She answered:
“THE TEETH.”



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Air Plants Are Unique & So Easy to Grow - Find Them At The Air Plant Shop - Review & Gift Card Giveaway - ends 6/20 US

I received air plants and a glass holder from The Air Plant Shop for free in hopes that I would mention this on my blog.  No other compensation was exchanged.  All opinions are my own.


I remember when I was a teenager, my mom and grandmother both had an air plant refrigerator magnets.  I was always fascinated with them just growing there and not needing much attention at all.  They just stayed pretty and green despite not being planted in a pot.

I have rediscovered air plants!  I have not seen air plants in I don't know how long.  They are truly unique plants.  They require no soil and are very easy to care for.  As to where you can get air plants?   I found the best place to get air plants - at The Air Plant Shop online.  

There are so many beautiful varieties of air plants available at The Air Plant Shop.  The Air Plant Shop is a family run business in St. Augustine, Florida.  It's run by two sisters and their brother, Abby, Jody, and Scott James.  They were always enamored with the air plants that grew wild in their Florida region when they were kids, but actually, these Florida varieties were a hassle to get and grow.  When they grew up, Scott decided it would be a great business to get into.  So Scott began the process of acquiring numerous South American and Central American air plant species in his own nursery for mailing to homes everywhere. 


Scott at The Air Plant Shop sent me five different varieties of lovely air plants and one glass teardrop terrarium with a flat bottom.   Aren't they all so pretty and unique looking.  So different from any potted plant.  The one in the middle is set in the teardrop terrarium that I got from The Air Plant Shop.  All the other are set in stemless wine glasses that I had up in my cupboard.  The rocks that we set the air plants on are from our collection that the kids have gathered over the years.  Let me tell you bit more about my new air plants.


The Bulbosa is a wiry looking air plant.  It has waxy, curling leaves of green and many shades of purple. The leaves appear to be fluttering in the wind or reaching for the sun! Leaves explode into red when it blooms to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. These are 2" to 4" beauties and are endemic to Central America.  This tillandsia bulbosa air plant was shipped budding to me, and I waiting to see the lovely bloom when it appears.


The Caput Medusae was sent to me already blooming.  Isn't it lovely with it's shades of pinkish red to purple reaching up and over.  Named for the Greek goddess Medusa and her hair of snakes! Caput Medusae is one of The Air Plants Shop most popular tillandsia. The leaves are smooth and project up and out from a bulbous base. A very unusual species of air plant native to Mexico, Guatamala, Costa Rica and Panama and sometimes called the Octopus plant. When the Caput Medusae air plant blooms you will be amazed by her blushing leaves and bursting bloom. These air plants are 4 to 5 inches tall and 4 to 6 inches wide.



 This one really stirred my interest when I first saw it at The Air Plant Shop.  Houston air plants seem to form a fountain of green shooting out of their base. The trichomes on their leaves give them a silver sheen. The Air Plant Shop sells Houston air plants that are 3 to 4 inches tall and 4 to 5 inches wide.  Even though mine is not ready to bloom, I am waiting for the day that it will.  It has a beautiful reddish bloom that will rise above their dark green leaves.  It's going to be a sight to see it burst into color.



We get a kick out of the looks of the Ionantha Rosita air plant.  It's appearance reminds us of the top of a pineapple.  Ionantha Rosita have the most beautiful blooms you can find! They transform from a deep green to the most beautiful pink and red leaves with violet flowers shooting from their center. Rositas are larger than most Ionanthas and will grow up to 10 inches tall. Spectacular! When you order one or more, the Ionantha Rosita will be 3 to 5 inches tall when you receive them.



This Ionantha came to me blooming.  When I first got it, the Ionantha's leaves were blushing red.  It wasn't a week later when two purple stems sprouted upward.  Ionantha Fuego air plants are one of the most popular little air plants in the world. They are only two inches tall and one inch wide but they produce some of the most spectacular blooms of yellow, red and violet flowers. Most Ionanthas are from Mexico and Central America and they produce pups at a fast pace creating a ball shape over time. Check out the Ionantha Mexican Ball for a taste of how impressive these little guys can become.


Since the Ionantha is such a darling little air plant, it was the perfect size for the Teardrop Terrarium with a flat bottom.  This teardrop terrarium has a hook for hanging or set it on its flat bottom. Perfect for displaying any of your Ionantha species or plants that measure less than 4 inches high and 2 inches wide. They look great in groups especially when you add one or two with a tea light! This item measure 5. inches tall and 3.5 inches wide.  This is just one of the terrariums that you can get at The Air Plant Shop.

Taking care of air plants is super easy as they are hardy little plants.  Like all plants, air plants just want light, air, and water.  They have no roots and get all their nutrients from the air around them.  Indirect lighting is best as direct sunlight can dry them out too quickly.  A 20-30 minute soak in water once a week is plenty of water for them.  If you have municipal water, it often has some chemicals such as chlorine and/or fluoride.  Try to avoid city water and use some bottled spring water.  Even better to use would be water from a creek, rain water, or well water. The best way to tell if your air plants need a little water is when they feel soft to the touch, and the plant will be lighter in color. Give just this little effort to your air plants, and your air plants will be happy and healthy!


What I received from The Air Plant Shop was just the bare plants and the one terrarium since I had everything else I needed to make a beautiful display for my home.  In the Air Plant Shop's Gift Section, there is everything there that you need to put together your own display of air plants, or terrariums with everything included: air plants, sand, and decorative shells.

Do you own a store where you would like to stock up and sell air plants?  Buy your air plants wholesale in quantities of at least 12 each at wholesale prices!

Perhaps you are planning a wedding or other social event?  It's always nice to have favors for everyone to take home.  There are just so many cute air plant event favors at such low prices that you could afford to make sure everyone goes home with a little air plant of their own!

See The Air Plant Shop Super Specials page and save 30% to 60% off.  

Shop The Air Plant Shop for beautiful air plants all at terrific prices!  See The Air Plant Shop Super Specials page and save 30% to 60% off.  Each and every air plant that is sold comes with a 30 day guarantee for free replacement

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GIVEAWAY

With so many thanks to Abby, Jody, and especially Scott, one person is going to win a $30 Gift Card to The Air Plant Shop.  This giveaway is for residents of the US only, and will end on June 20, 2014.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to the terms and conditions stipulated at the bottom of the GT Form.  Only the first entry of a blog post comment is required - all other entries are optional (but the more you enter, the better chances of winning.)





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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dead Sea Salt Deep Hair Conditioner from Andovia - Leaves Hair So Touchably Soft - Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


My hair is usually frizzy and dry.  Why?  Because I live in a very dry desert here in Southern California.  Year round, our humidity is usually less than 20%.  So when it's winter, it's dry cold and windy, and currently, it's dry extremely hot and windy weather (it was 107 today!).   The results of this dry windy air is dry frizzy flyaway hair.

Now don't think I don't condition my hair.  Every time I wash my hair I condition it.  I have tried so many different conditioners over the years, but either they don't work or they leave my hair limp and lifeless.  When I find the chance to try a new and different conditioner, I jump at the chance.


Here's the most unique conditioner that I have ever used.  It's the key ingredient that makes this conditioner so unique.  It's made with REAL Dead Sea Salt!  The Mineral Balsam Conditioner with Dead Sea Minerals, Chamomile Extract and Vitamin E is made in Israel.  It is 100% pure and genuine with an infusion of 21 minerals essential for proper skin and hair function.  So while it's good for your hair, it's also good for your scalp as it will reduce the appearance of dandruff and a dry flaky scalp.


This Dead Sea Salt Deep Hair Conditioner leaves my hair so touchable soft.  My hair looks so healthy now.  It feels hydrated and silky.   The Dead Sea Salt contains more than 21 skin and hair rebuilding minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium.  It also hydrates your hair from within and deeply nourishes your scalp and hair with aloe vera.


When using this conditioner, be sure to leave it on for a full two minutes. Sometimes I will leave it on for a minute or two longer to deeply condition my hair even more.  I always leave my conditioner on my hair while I scrub my body down.  It usually takes me several minutes, and that gives the Dead Sea Conditioner time to soften my hair.


With each time that I condition my hair with the Dead Sea Salt Deep Hair Conditioner, my hair is looking and feeling better.  I have finally conquered the dry desert air!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#ShopletReviews - BIC Pens Are Always Reliable

I received a package of the following Bic pens for free from Shoplet.com for this review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are totally my own.


One great pen company has had a commitment to quality since it's founding back in 1945 France, and that is Bic pens.  Did you know that the old reliable Bic Cristal pen was introduced in 1950, and Bic is still manufacturing that pen today.  Why I know we have several in our desk drawer right now.


While the Cristal pen is still with us, Bic has expanded their line of pens considerably since its founding.  At Shoplet.com, the online office supplies superstore, you can find any and all Bic pens - and for a reasonable price, too!  Shoplet sent me out a package of some great Bic pens to review for you.


Here's the one that I am really excited about getting.  It's the BIC Tech 2 in 1 Retractable Ball Pen and Stylus.  These Bic Pens are a high-quality stylus for a wide variety of touchscreen devices at a great value. Stylus glides across screens easily providing fingerprint-free precision and control. And your stylus is also a retractable ball pen with BIC's incredibly smooth Easy Glide System Ink.

I got two of these pens, both are a pretty pink.  One of these Bic Pens is for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  In 2012-2013, BIC USA Inc. donated $200,000 to Susan G. Komen in support of its promise to end breast cancer forever, and the pink package and pen commemorates this foundation. 

I am so happy to have a few of these 2 in 1 Sylus pens.  It makes working with my Kindle so much easier than using my finger.  It is really easy work with one end of the pen to the other when to using the stylus to the pen.  The stylus just glides across my Kindle nicely and accurately.  Now I don't have to worry about the smudges that I get from using my fingers.  These pens sell for only $5.50 each at Shoplet.


To further on with more of the Bic Pens that are sold with the Susan G. Komen Foundation in mind, the BIC Atlantis Ballpoint Retractable Pen that is sold in a four pack.  These pens feature an Easy-Glide Systemup to 35% smoother writing compared to traditional BIC ball pen ink system. Soft cushion grip gives you great no-slip comfort.

With the cushioned rubber grip, they feel nice to write with.  It's so charming to write in pink ink, too.  Another great feature to this pen is its pink crystal translucent barrel and a shiny metal clip.  These features really enhance the beauty of this pen.   Buy these pens at Shoplet for only $3.54 for a pack of four.


The next two pens are for people who like to stock up as they are sold in boxes with a dozen pens each.  The first is the Bic Intensity Permanent Pen.  These pens provide smooth, vivid lines that are permanent on paper but won't bleed through, though these results could vary based on the paper characteristics that you are using.  Once the ink has dried, it is smear and water resistant.  It has a needle point to give you a very fine line.  With its design of the metal wraps and clip, it makes for a very professional looking pen.

I really like a nice fine point pen with black ink when writing out checks, and this is one of the finest that I now have.  It works well in my hand when I write.  The weight is perfect - not too heavy and not too light.  I do wish it was a retractable pen only because I have a habit of losing tops.  All-in-all, it is one nice writing pen that I will continue to use for writing checks and signing special documents.  The BIC Intensity Permanent Pen sell in a box that contains 12 (dozen) pens for only $12.26.


The other box of Bic pens that I received to review is the BIC Velocity Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen.  These pens my kids are wild about!  All of them grabbed at least one to keep.  They are crazy over gel pens probably because they are a very smooth writing pen.  My kids love to doodle with these pens.  I must admit, that they do make doodling fun as the pen just glides over the surface of the paper.

With its permanent acid-free, fade-resistant gel ink, the BIC Velocity Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen provides skip-free, effortless writing.  It is a finger-friendly pen as its contoured grip enhances writing comfort.  To keep your pockets and purses clean, it is a retractable pen.  Buy the BIC Velocity Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen in a twelve-pack box at Shoplet for only $7.76.


The last item on my list are permanent markers.  This Bic Mark-it Grip Permanent Marker Set has fine tips. These pens will make permanent marks on most hard-to-mark surfaces such as glass, metal, photos, foils, coated papers, CDs, DVDs and most plastics.  The Grip Permanent Marker is a durable pen-style permanent marker with a rubber grip for comfort and control.  This is a five marker set with four colors - 2 in black, and one of each of the following: blue, red, and green.  They are long-lasting, durable, with its vivid ink certified as AP nontoxic.

I find that fine tip permanent markers are best when we mark our newly ripped CDs and DVDs.  With the four colors, we can get a little creative.  With a few artists in the house, our CDs and DVDs have lots of pictures on them.  We needed a new set, and the kids and I are very thankful that we have a great set of Bic Bic Mark-it Grip Permanent Markers.  The Bic Mark-it Grip Permanent Marker Set sells for only $3.39 at Shoplet.


What's your one stop online store for all of your office supply needs?  Shoplet.com!  There you will find everything for your business and home office at discount prices.  From Promotional Products - including Promotional Shirts - to office stationary, and even Medical Supplies!  Everything you need is just a click away.




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