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Monday, March 13, 2017

No aluminum problem - Handy Cooking Tip

  Have you ever gone to prepare something (or if you're like me...completely prepared it) and then realize that the food, we will use lasagna as an example, needs to be covered with aluminum foil...and you are completely out?  Well no fear, just use a cookie sheet : )  This works great for 9 X 13 size pans but if you need to cover a casserole you could always use a pizza pan or round cake pan.   

  What kitchen objects have you used to get yourself out of a pickle?  Let us know by commenting below : )

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"The Theft of Memory - Losing My Father, One Day at a Time"

disclaimer:  I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

"The Theft of Memory - Losing My Father, One Day at a Time"
by Jonathan Kozol

  "The Theft of Memory - Losing My Father, One Day at a Time" is Jonathan Kozol's recollections of his father's decline into dementia.  His father was a well known specialist in disorders of the brain, and with this knowledge was able to explain some of the causes and symptoms he was experiencing when entering this part of his life.

  Mommy in PA:  Alas, this book was not what I expected.  I was hoping to get some great moments of perspective, as my mother too suffers from dementia.  Instead I was left with something I was having a very difficult time following.  This of course not being Johnathan's fault but the disease itself as every Alzheimer's Dementia patient acts differently and progresses at different speeds.  This book just wasn't quite what I needed as the experiences between his father and my mother are very different.

  The part where his father could actually tell what was going on with him due to his experiences in the field were amazing but at the same time terrifying, I can only imagine what it would be like to know that one day soon you wouldn't even recognize your own spouse or children.  

  The stories of his father's past job relationships, though interesting, made it hard for me to read the book.  I can't even tell you how many times I picked it up and put it down after only a page or two.  I think there was just way too much detail in some of the sections that could have been shortened or left out all together.  Just so the story would flow better.  

  In closing, it was an interesting read, but was not helpful in the way I had hoped.  


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fulcrum Gallery

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

Fulcrum Gallery

 Mommy in PA:   Well as some of you probably already know, we've worked with Fulcrum Gallery a couple of times in the past.  It never ceases to amaze me at the variety of prints to choose from.  You could literally spend hours on this site trying to narrow down your selections.  And trust me, I always have a rough time deciding which new piece I want to add to my home, so this time I let my husband choose : )

  I narrowed down the selection from him by telling him that we needed something for our living room, which happens to have a wildlife theme.  That shouldn't be too difficult right?   Well it still took him a good bit of time to decide.

  Once he chose the print that he liked the best, which also happened to be one of my favorites too, we went about choosing a frame that would go with our decor.  Now this part is my favorite, I love how when you click on a frame that it shows you a picture of the print with the new frame on it.  That makes it so much easier to imagine the completed product.

  Another thing that always surprises me is that it doesn't take very long until your print is arriving at your door.  This is a customized product but they get it made up quickly.  And take the greatest of care inspecting and packaging it.

  I just can't get over how beautiful it looks and how wonderful this company is for providing everything you need to properly mount it on the wall, super easy and now no worries about it falling off the wall.  To see how these are mounted just go to my first post here.

  I also want to mention that the prices here are great and can fit any budget.  If you don't have the money to buy a nice frame to go with your print you can always just purchase the print and get a frame elsewhere, or perhaps you have one laying around.  I know I have a vintage wooden frame in my attic that I would love to get cleaned up and I will be sure to check Fulcrum Gallery for a beautiful print to put inside : )

  I also want to say again about how much of a great selection of educational type prints they carry.  My son, the one I got the Titanic Deck Plan print for the first review, is currently obsessed with the Periodic Table.  Well lo and behold they have multiple prints of that, some educational, and some humorous.  Maybe that's what I will use that vintage frame for.

  So if you have a few minutes to spare (the more the better, lol) head over to Fulcrum Gallery and check out their vast selection of prints and they are currently running a couple of sales, 70% off Warehouse Clearance and 50% off All Art Sitewide - ends soon, so you better hurry : )