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Since before our little girl was born, I have envisioned what her room would ultimately look like.  I imagine the colors to be yellow and lavender (or periwinkle) with a hint of pink, which is her favorite color.  I have been thinking about a big girl room for her lately because we have finally donated the last of the crib bedding.

At first, I was thinking about something delicate and pretty for the bed, such as a Laura Ashley-esque floral lavender and yellow comforter.  Then I thought perhaps something like this Freckles Daisy Chain Quilt might be better for a girl as young as a preschooler all the way up to a tween.  It just seems less formal and more fun than a floral print would be.

For all the casegoods, I picture everything to be a distressed white or winter white.  I also envision a comfy accent chair or a chaise next to a floor lamp so that our daughter can sit and read under a soft cuddly plush throw.

The Daisy Chain Quilt retails for $119 for the twin size on CSNStores.com.  There are also coordinating shams, throw pillows, and an accent rug available to be purchased separately.  I would love to have all the accent pieces to help pull the whole room together.  Our daughter is very much a girly-girl, so I know that she would love it all too!

-Karen


When I first laid eyes on the Susan Nichole Love Bag in Yellow, I was infatuated, but I was not quite "in love."  I have always wanted to own a yellow bag, but have never found one that I liked enough to make me take the leap.  Now that Susan Nichole has introduced two new colors in The Love Bag for Fall 2011, I think I might be able to call it "true love."

The two new colors offered in this bag are a metallic Eggplant and a Black.  I have to say that I am partial to the Black because it frames the playful colors in the heart very well.  One of the reasons why the Yellow does not work for me is because the studs are goldtone, whereas on the new colors, the studs are silvertone.

The Love Bag is the perfect size for me at 14"W x 8-1/2"H x 5"D.  Both the Eggplant and the Black can currently be pre-ordered, but will be available soon towards the end of July.  This style of vegan handbag retails on SusanNichole.com for $95.

-Karen

Our twins are just now getting old enough to be able to play some of the games on the Leapster Explorer, which their older brother is nice enough to let them use.  The problem is that, with 2 or 3 children using it, this handheld game system can go through 4 AA batteries a day!  If batteries grew on trees, we would still not have enough.

We desperately need the Leapster Explorer Recharger.  It not only comes with the recharging base, but also a rechargeable battery pack and an AC adapter, which will allow our children to play with the learning system without having to recharge it first.

This recharger retails for $39.99.  So far, I have found the best prices on Walmart.com and Amazon.com.  Both sites are currently offering free shipping for this product.

-Karen

With the return of the iconic show Buffy the Vampire Slayer to television, the success of the current TV hit Vampire Diaries, and the much-anticipated release of The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn this fall, the romance surrounding the idea of vampirism is greater than ever.  For this reason, the demand for vampire costumes may reach an all new high this Halloween.

Although not everyone envisions vampires to have one type of appearance, the most romantic version of the vampire image is a Gothic one.  If you are planning on browsing the couples costumes for your next costumed event, then forgo the traditional Romeo & Juliet and consider something like this Elite Adult Gothic Vampira Couple Costume and the matching Men's Vampire Costume.

What I like most about this pair of costumes, aside from red and black being one of my favorite color combinations, is that they are both edgy and romantic, without losing its sense of elegance, proving that such costumes can be sexy without being over-the-top.  Unfortunately for me, I think the next time my husband and I dress up as a couple, it may be as Han and Leia if he has his way.

-Karen



If you recall, a couple of weeks or so ago, I had been considering a pair of brown leather sandals I had found while browsing online.  Well, I had decided to look locally at Target and Payless for something more affordable and really had no luck.  Then I came across these Aerosoles On Deck Leather Sandals when I returned to my online search.  I immediately knew that I wanted them!

These sandals have a soft leather upper that is gathered to have somewhat of a bow effect without actually having a big bow on the shoe.  The rubber soles offer a low wedge heel that is only about 2-1/2" high.  I have yet to commit to the flat-sole shoe trend and feel much more myself when I have at least a low heel on my shoes.  These are just about the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned.  I wore them to the mall, which we ended up walking all the way through twice, and did not have any problems with my feet feeling tired or uncomfortable.  With a supple leather upper that holds my foot securely, a sueded cushioned insole, and a cushy rubber sole, how can these sandals be anything but comfortable?

This shoes retails for $49.99, but can be found for less depending on what color you choose.  It is also available at some retailers in a fabric upper as well.

-Karen


This article was based on my own personal experience with this product, which was purchased with our own funds.  No compensation was received for sharing my experience with our readers.

We own a 5 year old HP LaserJet printer. We bought it because we needed a cheap way to print on transparencies when we ran a small silk screening business and it fit the bill perfectly. The unit still works like the day we bought it and turned out to be a fantastic value.

I can say from personal experience that HP laser printers are good quality and long lasting.

The newest version of our laser printer, the HP LaserJet Pro P1102w, is dramatically faster and has wireless networking built right in. All this for the same money I paid when we bought ours.  Maybe it’s time for an upgrade?  I'm torn because the one we have still works so well, but it would be convenient to have that built-in wireless networking.

-Todd


 
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