2/19/2015

DKfindout! A new online resource for children #dkfindout

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DKfindout! A new online resource for children 



‘This is the website of teachers’ dreams’ –Elementary school teacher
‘There are so many positives, am genuinely excited about DKfindout!’ –Elementary school teacher

‘Interactive, educational and fun’ –Mother of two



DKfindout! A new online resource for children 

Last month, publishers DK launched an innovative online resource called DKfindout! - a global education website for children, parents and teachers. Supporting the most current curriculum the site is primarily aimed at children aged 7-11, and brings together the very best of DK's unrivalled bank of amazing images and content across a huge breadth of subjects. The site is available at no cost and aims to provide children, teachers and parents with an invaluable learning and reference tool to use both in the classroom and at home.

DK has been at the forefront of inventive illustrated print publishing for over 40 years, providing best-selling and award-winning books for all ages and interests. DKfindout! will provide children and their parents with a wealth of information across core educational topics, from science and mathematics to geography and history. Interactive and immersive, this highly visual resource supports learning both in the home and at school; it also provides teachers with an engaging, educational tool to use when teaching, and a reliable source of information to help with lesson planning.

DKfindout! is a safe, age appropriate online environment for children that brings DK’s inimitable visual approach to the internet. It takes DK’s authority and expertise and expands the printed page to offer online information, enhanced with sound, video animation and quizzes - providing an even richer learning context. Every DKfindout! journey is unique. It allows children to create their own personal experience with every visit, whether that’s completing a homework assignment or playing a quiz, to simply wanting to know more about a subject that fascinates them. Overall the DKfindout! experience helps children learn core facts in a fun and engaging way.

Key features of DKfindout! include:

- Key subject areas in US curriculum are covered 
- Content is easily accessible on all devices, including desktop, tablet and mobile 
- The website caters for every type of learner, from those who prefer to read information to visual learners
- Accurate and up-to-date facts authenticated by experts
- Content will be constantly updated throughout 2015 and beyond, in line with changes to teaching practice
- Includes animations, sounds, videos and thousands of photographs
- Hundreds of quiz questions supporting every topic
- Teacher area in development throughout 2015 - includes a bespoke tool for teachers to create lesson plans
- Parent information and support 
- Powerful search engine allows users to find exactly what they are looking for quickly, easily and visually

As the DKfindout! website has been developed it has been continually tested by children, teachers and parents around the world. Children most importantly, have been exhilarated and highly engaged by the volume of content aimed directly at them, and parents felt assured that their children were in safe hands when using the site. Teachers were also eager to use DKfindout!  - they felt the site supported current curriculum and material they use in class, and were extremely positive about having a visual aid to use when teaching and a comprehensive planning resource for future lessons.




What's in DKfindout! 





“This is pretty awesome…” –Child, aged 9




DKfindout! Stars and galaxies 



My Thoughts

My nine year old daughter and I dabbled around the DKfindout! site. She immediately wanted to learn more about stars. She clicked on the space logo to learn more then proceeded to stars and galaxies. Here she was able to read about the birth of a star, the black hole, the milky way and much more. She found it to be very informative and was amazed with her new found knowledge. 

Your child might be interested in dinosaurs or another category! There is something fun every child to explore at DKfindout!

As a homeschool parent, I look forwards to both the parent and teacher sections to make learning more fun and engaging for my daughter. For the teacher, you can create lesson plans, print and add notes. The parent section plans to offer tips and suggestions for a more exciting learning experience. 

The new DKfinout! has great promise! Since DKfindout! is in it's Beta stages, we have to remember to be patient while new things are being added throughout this year. It prompts your feedback and suggestions during this time period. What an engaging and wonderful way to encourage learning for our children whether at home or school! 

Remember, DKfindout! is free to join! Signing up allows you to find out what's new and coming soon! 



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2/16/2015

40% OFF Presidents Day SALE at Family Christian

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I ordered a JanetBasket Large Montage Aluminum-Frame Basket from Family Christian. I plan to use it when shopping or for my knitting and craft projects.


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2/12/2015

How to Loom Knit a Sloucy Knit Beanie Hat

How to Loom Knit a Slouchy Knit Hat



I am trying to learn how to make this Slouchy Beanie this month.


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2/09/2015

Homegrown Herb Garden by Lisa Baker Morgan & Ann McCormick

Take home cooking to the next level with fresh homegrown herbs!

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Homegrown Herb Garden

Homegrown Herb Garden
A Guide to Growing and Culinary Uses
Author: Lisa Baker Morgan
Author: Ann McCormick
Format: Flexibound, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781592539826
Publisher: Quarry Books
Illustrations: color photos
Size: 8 x 10
Published: Jan. 15, 2015
Price: $24.99


"For anyone interested in growing edible plants, this is a must-have book. The information on herb cultivation is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read. And the recipes will have those who love delicious food heading first for the herb garden and then into the kitchen." - C.L. Fornari, host of GardenLine, and author of Coffee for Roses


It's not too early to begin thinking about planting herbs for this coming season. If you need some advice on what herbs to grow and how to use them in food preparation, then let me share Homegrown Herb Garden by Lisa Baker Morgan and Ann McCormick. Inside this unique book, readers will learn about fifteen popular or not so popular herbs, plus how to harvest and preserve the herbs. In addition, from Section 2: In the Kitchen you can learn to incorporate these herbs into sweet and savory recipes that Chef Ann McCormick shares in the latter part of the book.


Homegrown Herb Garden by Morgan & McCormick
My Nutty, Chocolaty Rosemary Cookies  pp. 132-133


Among the list of fifteen herbs, my favorites are chives, parsley, mint and rosemary. I am not so familiar with bay laurel, chervil and winter savory. Each of the herbs featured share the basics, common varieties, care and feeding, growing in small spaces, growing and harvesting along with Did You Know? section. Chef McCormick provides guidance in how to prepare the herbs,  discusses flavors and paring the herbs and much more. I look forwards to incorporating them into new recipes like French Tarragon Potato Salad;  Spaghetti with Chunky Tomato, Olive, and Mint Sauce; and My Nutty, Chocolaty Rosemary Cookies. I hope to learn plenty about growing, harvesting and storing these herbs, too.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Lisa Baker Morgan is a chef and food blogger. She graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles. She is known for her preparation of fresh meals using only quality, seasonal ingredients presented with simplicity, creativity, and flair. By sharing her love and knowledge of food on her blog, Chef Morgan hopes to inspire creativity and enthusiasm for your own food adventures at home. She has written hundreds of original recipes and continues to publish original recipes on her site weekly. She also provides private chef and consulting services as well as cooking classes i Los Angeles and France. www.chefmorgan.com.


Ann McCormick is an herb expert and columnist for Herb Quarterly. She also contributes to regional and national home and garden and lifestyle magazines, including Organic Gardening, Country Woman, Gardening How-To and Neil Sperry's Gardens. She's a regular speaker and media guest on the topic of herbs and herb gardening techniques. She blogs at The Herb 'n Cowgirl, herbncowgirl.com, and lives in Fort Worth, Texas.


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Janet Coffield
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Uncover the Extraordinary Challenges Faced By One of the World's Most Precious Resources in OPEN SESAME: THE STORY OF SEEDS

"This film is a seed in its own right and can play a seminal role in planting ideas that bring together food security, food sovereignty, human rights and the consumer right to know"
-- Wayne Roberts, former manager, Toronto Food Policy Council

"Captures the passion and emotion of a movement"
-- Theodore Poulis, Dreamriver Press









Uncover the Extraordinary Challenges Faced By One of the World's Most Precious Resources in OPEN SESAME: THE STORY OF SEEDS


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

One of the world's most precious resources is at risk.  OPEN SESAME: THE STORY OF SEEDS, from award-winning filmmaker M. Sean Kaminsky, is a timely and compelling film illuminating what's at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food.

Seeds provide the basis of everything from fabrics and food to fuels; in fact, they're as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink...but given far less attention.  According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), approximately 90 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that existed one hundred years ago no longer exist today.  Heritage grain is near extinction.  And seeds that were lovingly nurtured over decades -- or even hundreds of years -- have been lost forever.   More troubling, seeds have also shifted from being common heritage to sovereign property; corporations are co-opting seed genetics and hiding behind patent law in the process.  Today, corporate-owned seed accounts for 82% of the world-wide market, allowing transgenic seeds (or GMOs) to spread exponentially. 


OPEN SESAME looks at the extraordinary challenges that seeds face today, placing our food supply at risk and threatening our farms.  Telling the story of seeds by following the challenges and triumphs of some of the most tireless stewards and advocates, OPEN SESAME introduces viewers to a diverse range of individuals whose lives center around seeds: farmers, renegade gardeners, passionate seed savers, artists and activists, who are all working tirelessly, planting the seeds of information and inspiration to tell the story of one of our most precious resources.

It's not too late...yet.

FEATURED INTERVIEWS 
  • Vandana Shiva, Author, Environmentalist
  • William Woys Weaver, Author, Food Historian
  • Bill McDorman, Co-founder of SaveSeed.org, Educator
  • Gary Nabhan, Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist
  • Diane Ott Whealy, Co-Founder of Seed Saver Exchange
  • Ken Greene, Founder, Hudson Valley Seed Library 
DVD BONUS FEATURES 
  • Additional interview with Vandana Shiva
  • Interview with director M. Sean Kaminsky
  • Deleted scenes 
PROGRAM INFORMATION

Catalog #: TMR-DV-124
Running Time: 82 minutes + extras
Genre: Documentary
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English with Closed Captioning

ABOUT TDC ENTERTAINMENT

New York City-based TDC Entertainment is a diversified home entertainment distributor headed by longtime industry veterans Gary Baddeley and Dan Gurlitz. TDC combines the distinctive film collections of three label imprints: disinformation®, True Mind and Shelter Island. With a focus on films that cover social, political and environmental issues, as well as subjects that range from ethics and health to personal growth and history, TDC's highly acclaimed library of films includes Robert Greenwald's political documentaries such asUnmanned: America's Drone Wars, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and Outfoxed, the Emmy®-winning series Journey of the Universe, compelling issue-oriented docs including Tapped, Killer at Large, Greedy Lying Bastards and Unacceptable Levels, as well as the best-selling Parents Choice Award-winning instructional series,Drawing with Mark. For more information, visit TDCent.com.


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Janet Coffield
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Just in Time for National Marriage Week & Valentine’s Day: THE SONG



“Incredible! Loved the music and the love story is great!”” ~ Willie & Korie Robertson, “Duck Dynasty”

“Persuasive acting and stirring music.  Powell is excellent.” ~ Justin Chang, VARIETY


The SONG 



Just in Time for National Marriage Week & Valentine’s Day

THE SONG

Available Feb 10 on DVD & Digital HD

Bonus Features Include Four Featurettes on Bringing the Song of Solomon to Life


CULVER CITY, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2014) – Inspired by the Song of Solomon, the music-driven romantic drama THE SONG debuts on DVD and Digital HD from AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Feb. 10, kicking off National Marriage Week and just in time for Valentine’s Day. This story of redemption stars Anthem Lights front man Alan Powell (Produce: Where Hope Grows) and Ali Faulkner (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (“Nashville”), featuring musical performances by Powell and Nicol-Thomas.  In THE SONG, the aspiring singer/songwriter (Powell) struggles with fame, while holding onto love, his marriage and meaning in his life. The love story’s soundtrack includes 11 original songs from artists including Ricky Skaggs, NeedtoBreathe, Emmylou Harris and Jill DeZwaan, plus a recut of the timeless classic “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn. 

Bonus features for THE SONG include a commentary with writer/director Richard Ramsey and four all-new featurettes, giving fans an inside look at the film’s cast, storyline and characters, as well as an exploration of the film’s messages and metaphors with teaching pastor and author, Kyle Idleman.

Bonus Features:
§  Commentary with writer/director Richard Ramsey         
§  All-New Featurettes:
o   Meet the Cast” -- Discusses the film’s storyline & characters.
o   Scripture to Screen” -- Focuses on adapting the biblical story to create a feature film.
o   King Solomon on Screen” & “Awaken Love: A Journey for Couples” – Features teaching pastor & author Kyle Idleman on the film's messages of love & marriage, as well as its biblical metaphors.

- more -

Synopsis:
Aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father when he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard festival.  Jed meets the owner’s daughter, Rose, and an instant connection quickly turns to love. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart.

Written and directed by Richard Ramsey, THE SONG was produced by Cassandra Pelan and Shane Sooter, with Tony Young and Kyle Idleman serving as executive producers. 

THE SONG has a run time of approximately 84 minutes, and is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, including some substance abuse, smoking and nude references.


ABOUT SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

AFFIRM FILMS
Affirm Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, dedicated to producing, acquiring and marketing films which inspire, uplift, and entertain audiences.  Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiaryof Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go tohttp://www.sonypictures.com.


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For more information, visit National Marriage Week USA

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Happy Valentine's Day 

I received a complimentary copy of The Song, The Song Album on CD and Awaken Love: The Song Book by Kyle & Desirae Idleman through MPRM Communications.

The Song is an inspirational love story created  for couples based on the Song of Solomon from the Old Testament. It that is a modern day tale of love containing wholesome faith based values. I was impressed on how the narration throughout flowed so well with the story-line not like a stuffy or boring documentary. The Song has music from popular country singer artists like Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris and others. This is an adult film that is rated Pg-13 there is smoking, drinking, drugs, and other adult behavior that may not be suitable for children.


Giveaway Time: One of Loving Heart Designs readers can win a copy of The Song DVD.  Winner Revonda H.


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Janet Coffield
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Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a complimentary copy of The SongThe Song Album on CD and Awaken Love: The Song Book by Kyle & Desirae Idleman through MPRM Communications.

Healthy Dental Treats for Feline Family Members by Feline Greenies

Happy Dental Health Month!

Feline Greenies

the original smart-treat


Feline Greenies - Dental Treats - Ocean Fish Flavor 5.5 oz. 

Share the LOVE this month by awarding your favorite feline companion the breath-freshening tasty treats by Feline Greenies. Feline Greenies in Ocean Fish Flavor are low-calorie crunchy fish-shaped treats that freshen and clean your cats breath while helping reduce tartar build up.


Feline Greenies - Dental Treats


Feline Greenies are only 1.5 calories per treat and features;

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Taurine
  • Chlorophyll
Feline Greenies are gentle enough for daily consumption and come in other yummy flavors like beef, catnip, chicken, salmon and tuna flavors. You can purchase the resealable 2.5 oz. or 5.5 oz value package. Each package comes with a servings recommendation chart based on your feline's weight. The  #1 Vet-recommended treats are the only one approved by the VOHC for reduction in tartar for cats.


Feline Greenies Dental Tr\eats - Ocean Fish Flavor 5.5 oz.


Both Bob the Cat and Oliver love the taste of Feline Greenies! Bob the Cat is patiently waiting for another treat while posing for this photo shot. He immediately pounced on each treat so I could not get a shot of the tasty treats while he was eating them! :)


You can purchase a 5.5 oz. resealable value pack today at Chewy.com for $3.39 (SALE).


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Janet Coffield
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2/08/2015

Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind Of Love (Official Music Video)



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2/06/2015

Fashionable Me ... Beautiful Braids, Stunning Styles

The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612432964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612432960


Recently, I won a copy of The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith.  In The New Braiding Handbook you are presented with helpful step-by-step  instructions  for creating 60 modern fashionable hairstyles for everyday or special occasions. Inside there are 60 full color thumbnails for each hairstyle, tutorials for basic hair care, hair types, terminology & tools, plus basic techniques to create beautiful braided hair.

The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith features hairstyles such as Braids, Dutch Braids, Fishtails, Formal, Buns, Knots, Ponytails, Twists, and Topsy Tails.

The girls and I all have long hair and we can not wait to braids some hair and make it fashionable!

Abby Smith encourages the reader to showcase their braids by sharing their styles on Instagram @twistmepretty.

Look for more information on The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith at Goodreads! You can purchase a copy for Kindle or on paperback at Amazon.

Janet Coffield
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Happy Valentine's Day: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Happy Valentine's Day

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons courtesy of 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes by Julie Hasson.



Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons, page 95, cookies MAKES ABOUT 14 LARGE COOKIES Imagine the Alps sitting on a river of chocolate and you will get an idea of what this cookie looks like — a huge mound of coconut perched atop a foundation of chocolate. It’s like your favorite candy bar, but better! Tip Store macaroons in an airtight container at cool room temperature so the chocolate won’t melt. • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) • Baking sheets, lined with parchment paper 3 cups packed shredded sweetened 750 mL coconut (about 15 oz/435 g) 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar 125 mL 6 tbsp all-purpose flour 90 mL 4 egg whites 4 2 tsp vanilla 10 mL 1⁄2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 125 mL 10 oz semisweet or bittersweet 300 g chocolate, chopped 1. In a large bowl, using electric mixer, combine coconut, sugar and flour. Add egg whites and vanilla, beating until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. 2. Using a 2-inch (5 cm) diameter ice cream scoop or 1⁄4-cup (50 mL) measure, place mounds of dough on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until tops are puffed and golden brown. Cookies will still be moist in center. Let cool completely on pans on racks. 3. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chopped chocolate on Medium for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often, until melted, smooth and warm. Do not overheat. Dip bottoms of cooled macaroons into melted chocolate. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or waxed paper. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.


Courtesy of 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes: Quick, Easy, Fun Ideas by Julie Hasson 2014 © www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

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Janet Coffield
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Guide to Beating Valentine’s Day Stress as a Couple



Guide to Beating Valentine’s Day Stress as a Couple


By Dr. Pete Sulack | Stress expert, writer and speaker, Dr. Pete Sulack is the author of "Fellowshipping with God's Voice" as well as the founder of Matthew 10 Ministries and Unhealthy Anonymous (www.unhealthyanonymous.com) - a wellness support program that provides tools for healthier living.


For married couples, Valentine’s Day can be stressful. Family and friends, the media and retail stores set expectations for a romantic, flower-filled day with grand gestures and surprises. We’re made to feel that we have to go “over the moon” to please our partners on February 14th, which can be especially hard for those who have a few years of marriage under their belt.


The entire phenomenon of Valentine’s Day in our culture is driven by an industry that needs us to spend money. Instead, take the focus off of this passing materialistic culture and its stressful demands that we overspend, overeat, and overemphasize sensuality on a particular calendar date. Together, focus on yourselves and your relationship together to find true happiness and love in February.  


Take Care of Each Other. We all need human connection, and connection is a God-given tool for circumventing the body’s stress response. At the end of the day, your spouse doesn’t care how much money you make or how many people want to be you; they care most about how you make each other feel. Sometimes doing comes before feeling – when you do more for each other, you can connect in the deepest way and even relieve stress.


Take Care of Your Body. Getting candy and sweets on Valentine’s Day is traditional, but sugar puts oxidative stress on your body. Instead of heading to a restaurant, have a low-key dinner at home. Make a date out of it by choosing a recipe, shopping for ingredients and cooking together. Afterwards, run a warm bath in Epsom salts, baking soda, and coconut oil. This combination offers detoxification which reduces overall bodily stress. Head off to bed with a cup of chamomile tea sweetened with organic, raw honey. The slightly acidic PH level of honey discourages the growth of bacteria, and its strong antioxidant properties destroy free radicals that stress your cells. Other stress-fighting activities? If the weather allows, take a long walk or hike to reduce stress with exercise and reconnect with your partner.


Take Care of Your Mind. The quality of our lives is directly determined by our thoughts. If we are positive, grateful, and joyful, our bodies will feel less stressed. If we are negative, complaining, and bitter, our bodies will ache, and we will not be at ease. Because our bodies are electrical in nature, our feelings travel to the brain through electrical impulses in our nerves. Those feelings are then magnetically radiated from our bodies, so if you’re feeling worrisome, fearful or depressed, you will radiate that to the people around you.
Take Care of Others. Showing love to others boosts your immune system by increasing white blood cell activity. A recent study on health and happiness found that subjects who focused on finding happiness in their own comfort and pleasure had remarkably unhealthy cellular profiles as well as high levels of inflammation in their systems. They also had lower levels of antibody production. In contrast, those who sought happiness through helping others had lower readings for inflammatory factors in their blood, and they produced more antibodies.


In other words, why we are happy matters as much as actually being happy. Whether this is showing love to our spouse or others, when we take care of others unselfishly, we are rewarded not only with improved health, but also with joy.


Volunteering to help others on a regular basis boosts self-confidence, betters your social skills, combats depression, boosts your immune system, and has even been shown to lessen chronic pain and improve heart disease.

Let’s start a new conversation about Valentine’s Day that includes minimizing stress in our lives while joyfully showing love to our spouses and serving our neighbors, whoever they may be. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Janet Coffield
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2/03/2015

It's Time for a Fairytale with Anytime Costumes!

Fairytale Family Fun!
Teen Mayhem Hatter Costume  Item #LAJ49102 SRV $42.99

My daughters are fans of fairytales from days gone by. When approached to review a costume from Anytime Costumes, my youngest excitedly requested to dress up like the Hatter from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland which was originally written by Lewis Carroll. What about picking from the popular blonde haired beauty -  Alice or maybe you would prefer to dress as The Queen of Hearts or The Hatter like my daughter? Remember, girls love to accessorize!


Mad Hatter Mayhem Costume 


Mad Hatter Mayhem Costume Optional Accessories:


  • 24 Glitter Eyecream Pallette 
  • Black eyelashes
  • Anime Pink Clip-on Curls
  • Bangle bracelets
  • Black Patent Mary Jane Shoes (Adult sizes 6 - 10)
  • 6 inch Glow Sticks

Here you can view the black and white hat band!


My daughter is striking a pose in this Teen Mayhem Hatter Costume. This cute ensemble is a three piece high/low dress, neckpiece and hat set.  From top to bottom, you will be thrilled with this fun outfit! A smart pink hat is adorned with a checkered black and white band and the 10/31 logo. The sleeveless high/low dress has a light green ruffle collar, the bodice has pink, purple and checkered pattern which is attached to a lovely pink skirt that is draped with a sheer blue over-skirt that is trimmed in black and white checks, and  to complement the costume is a checkered black and white neckpiece with a big shiny pink bow. This costume retails for $42.99. She is wearing a size medium/large 14-16. She is nearly 90 lbs and there is still plenty of growing space in this outfit. She is pleased!

The makeup, fingerless gloves, black and white sock and black patent boots are not included with the three-piece outfit.

Anytime Costumes - Not just for Halloween
There is a vast selection of fun costumes and accessories at Anytime Costumes for adults, couples,
teens, girls and boys. When planning the big party or event, why not consider Anytime Costumes?


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Janet Coffield
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FAMILY CHRISTIAN ~ VALENTINE'S SALE~


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2/02/2015

How to Add PIZZAZZ to Your Table

Top 100 step-by-step Napkin Folds  by Denise Vivaldo
Top 100 step-by-step Napkin Folds 
by Denise Vivaldo

Top 100 step-by-step Napkin Folds 
by Denise Vivaldo
ISBN 978-0-7788-0423-9
Price: $29.95 USA/$29.95 CAN
Publisher: Robert Rose, Inc.


How to Add Pizzazz to Your Table


Whether you want to jazz up an informal meal or display amply ambiance through sophisticated elegance then I have a book suggestion for you -- Top 100 Step-By-Step Napkin Folds by Denise Vivaldo. This must-have resource for entertaining features step-by-step instructions for easy, intermediate and advanced napkin folding along with fabric suggestions, when to use napkin rings, and where to place the napkins on the table. An added plus is the concealed wire-o hardcover which allows the book to lay flat when it is opened for ease of page browsing. In conclusion, there is an Entertaining Diary section where you can record the date, the table setting theme, napkin fold(s) used additional notes, menu and guests list.


Top 100 Step-By-Step Napkin Folds by Denise Vivaldo
#7 The Bow, pages 32-33.

My first attempt at napkin folding was with #7 Bow from the easy napkin folds section. I chose this red and pink floral bandana with a woven-knot tie. The Bow is is a feminine fold for use at baby or bridal showers, ladies brunch, ladies lunches or tea party. My daughter and I dabbled with a few other folds like the Heart and found it similar to folding paper origami. I think folded cloth napkins add a lovely touch of elegance and charm  to any table setting. Teaching our daughters how to create lovely table settings brings back the much missed etiquette that our culture is lacking today.

You can give it try for yourself with the complimentary sample from Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds located on pages 32 and 33 in the Easy Napkin Folds section. 


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Bow, pages 32 - 34 

Featured Presentations #99 The Tropics(page 220 - Intermediate)

Napkin Folding with Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan -Youtube 


Robert Rose Inc
Complimentary Intermediate Napkin Folds #99 Tropics, pages 220-221



About the Author
Denise Vivaldo 
Denise Vivaldo is a professional caterer that has catered glamorous parties and events like the Academy Awards Governor's Ball and Hollywood wrap parties. In 1988, she founded a catering firm called Food Fanatics that features food-styling and recipe-development. She is author of various books that you can learn more about at Robert Rose, Inc.

Author Answers Segment:

1. Describe your book to us, what should readers expect? 

           There are 100 napkin folds -with place setting suggestions and color ideas! It's a bright,fun colorful book! 
  

2. What sparked your interest in publishing a book about napkin folding?
          I love setting a pretty table. 
    

3. What was the most exciting part of being a published author? 
          Well, this is my 8th book. I have enjoyed them all!  


4. What do your plans for future projects include?
          I am writing my memoir - thirty years of celebrities and working in Hollywood.    




5. Where can our readers connect with you socially? 

          I'm always on Facebook or Instagram (simply search for my name) - or through my blog: Denise Vivaldo Blogs.


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Thank you,
Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs happily received a complimentary copy of  Top 100 step-by-step Napkin Folds by Denise Vivaldo through Robert Rose, Inc.