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term="texturing"/><category term="thanksgiving"/><category term="throw"/><category term="tie pendant"/><category term="ties"/><category term="tights"/><category term="tote"/><category term="totes"/><category term="trinket box"/><category term="tulip"/><category term="tumbler"/><category term="tv show"/><category term="vanilla tootsie roll"/><category term="vintage"/><category term="votive egg candles"/><category term="votives"/><category term="wall"/><category term="wall decal"/><category term="wallet"/><category term="wash clothes"/><category term="wine stopper"/><category term="winners"/><category term="wire earrings"/><category term="wire wrapped"/><category term="wishlist"/><category term="wrappers"/><category term="wrist band"/><category term="yard art"/><category term="yoga"/><title type='text'>Handmade Guru</title><subtitle type='html'>I am constantly updating this page with new uber cool finds. I especially love bath/body and candle items. My weakness is a good scrub, cold processed soap, and wickless candles. I fancy earrings and other jewelry and will never say no to items that will make my 6 year old twin boys, Dylan and Connor, swoon. Get your item tested and reviewed on this very blog by simply emailing me!</subtitle><link rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#feed' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default?redirect=false'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/'/><link rel='hub' href='http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/'/><link rel='next' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default?start-index=26&amp;max-results=25&amp;redirect=false'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><generator version='7.00' uri='http://www.blogger.com'>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>916</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-7421796250104207199</id><published>2010-01-11T18:29:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-11T18:29:01.427-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Bye Bye Blogger</title><content type='html'>Well that was fun. It&#39;s been almost 2 years since I started my 1st blog here on blogger. Blogger has unfortunately became a thing of the past and most big blogs are now Wordpress blogs so we have switched over.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;You will now find me and the gang posting only at &lt;a href=&quot;http://handmadeguru.com/&quot;&gt;http://handmadeguru.com&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Follow us there!!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/7421796250104207199/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=7421796250104207199&amp;isPopup=true' title='73 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/7421796250104207199'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/7421796250104207199'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/bye-bye-blogger.html' title='Bye Bye Blogger'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><thr:total>73</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-8353904061387887278</id><published>2010-01-11T12:05:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-11T13:16:52.248-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Recycling: Funky Style</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://ny-image3.etsy.com//il_430xN.114781839.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://ny-image3.etsy.com//il_430xN.114781839.jpg&quot; style=&quot;float: left; height: 215px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; width: 258px;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;One of the neatest concepts that I have come acrossed since becomming obsessed with handmade goods is repurposing. It&#39;s so amazing to see all the different ways crafters take materials that would either be thrown away or recycled and make them into something beautiful and unique. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyRecycling&quot;&gt;Funky Recycling&lt;/a&gt; is one of the neatest shops of this nature I have come acrossed. &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyRecycling&quot;&gt;Funky Recycling&lt;/a&gt; breathes life into old aluminum cans with their imagitive jewelry, ornaments, and magnets. I love their &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38164672&quot;&gt;Hello Kitty Monster can necklaces&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38164726&quot;&gt;Coke cow magnets&lt;/a&gt;. If you live in the Las Vegas area stop by a &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyRecycling&quot;&gt;Funky Recycling&lt;/a&gt; craft fair booth and bring a used aluminum can, you will be rewarded with a free gift. Hooray! &lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/8353904061387887278/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=8353904061387887278&amp;isPopup=true' title='5 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/8353904061387887278'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/8353904061387887278'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/recycling-funky-style.html' title='Recycling: Funky Style'/><author><name>Alisha L.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/13383373857745091938</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='24' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vP2Fq5rl3Ag/S0Un0avharI/AAAAAAAAAAM/D3XZtiaesWM/S220/IMG_0519.JPG'/></author><thr:total>5</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-3318460251981392730</id><published>2010-01-11T09:43:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-11T09:43:51.386-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Simple Stitches 101</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0tjSxK0b0I/AAAAAAAACRI/AJkw9jwXYcA/s1600-h/simple1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0tjSxK0b0I/AAAAAAAACRI/AJkw9jwXYcA/s320/simple1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Think I&#39;ll stick with the whole Valentine&#39;s Day theme I have going on so far today.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Give yourself or someone you love a candy kiss this year! This &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37307528&quot;&gt;quilted bag&lt;/a&gt; and matching accessories are made using the Candy Kisses line of fabric from Moda. The red, white and soft pinks are perfect for the season! You can pick up this bag at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/simplestitches101&quot;&gt;Simple Stitches 101&lt;/a&gt;. There&#39;s many different fabric choices to pick from but this one just hit the spot considering which holiday is upon us next.&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It&#39;s a very user-friendly bag, with 5 large pockets on the inside, and a slot for a pen. It&#39;s roomy, measuring&lt;br /&gt;10 1/2 x 15 x 5 inches with 25 inch reinforced straps. It&#39;s made of 100 % quilt store quality cottons, and the batting is cotton as well. The interior has been fortified with heavy duty interfacing, giving it structure and durability. It will stand on it&#39;s own. It has a magnetic snap closure for easy access, yet it&#39;s secure. Along with your new bag, you&#39;ll receive a matching checkbook cover, credit card wallet and wristlet key leash. It&#39;s so fun when everything matches.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/3318460251981392730/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=3318460251981392730&amp;isPopup=true' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3318460251981392730'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3318460251981392730'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/simple-stitches-101.html' title='Simple Stitches 101'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0tjSxK0b0I/AAAAAAAACRI/AJkw9jwXYcA/s72-c/simple1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-4260417695664710845</id><published>2010-01-11T09:38:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-11T09:38:05.646-08:00</updated><title type='text'>So Stinking Sweet</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0th7k2PuuI/AAAAAAAACRA/dQZE1ICpzrU/s1600-h/sostinkin1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0th7k2PuuI/AAAAAAAACRA/dQZE1ICpzrU/s320/sostinkin1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Valentine&#39;s Day is looming near and I know that I&#39;ve already been looking for cute stuff that give to the boys on their special day of love. Actually, I was just sitting here in awe of how cute the item is that I wanted to write about this morning that I just splurged and purchased it. I&#39;m ashamed to admit that I have no resistance.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/SoStinkingSweet&quot;&gt;So Stinking Sweet&lt;/a&gt; is so stinking cute that I even called them that on our list of participants and sponsors for our &lt;a href=&quot;http://thelittleblackboxes.com/&quot;&gt;Little Black Box&lt;/a&gt; this year. This is a bath and body shop that will be around for a heck of a long time if they keep this cuteness factor up. The &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=24059957&quot;&gt;two juicy ruby red grapefruit soaps&lt;/a&gt; I just acquired will be just darling to give to the boys along with their other items this year on v-day. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;There&#39;s so many other items in this shop that you pretty much won&#39;t be able to say no!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/4260417695664710845/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=4260417695664710845&amp;isPopup=true' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/4260417695664710845'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/4260417695664710845'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/so-stinking-sweet.html' title='So Stinking Sweet'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0th7k2PuuI/AAAAAAAACRA/dQZE1ICpzrU/s72-c/sostinkin1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-6876565726024654209</id><published>2010-01-11T05:59:00.001-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-11T09:16:01.264-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="scarf"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Vogue Knitting"/><title type='text'>I Want:  Green Neck Warmer</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0su2-K_WGI/AAAAAAAAA28/sK2d3cFcuIM/s1600-h/scarf.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5425481698034800738&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0su2-K_WGI/AAAAAAAAA28/sK2d3cFcuIM/s320/scarf.jpg&quot; style=&quot;float: right; height: 320px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px; width: 240px;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;I like that scarves keep my neck warm, but I hate that they have the long ends with get caught in car doors and create extra bulk inside my coat. This stylish &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37003334&amp;amp;ref=cat2_gallery_7&quot;&gt;Green Neck Warmer &lt;/a&gt;from Vogue &lt;a href=&quot;http://vogueknitting.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Knitting &lt;/a&gt;would solve that problem. My neck would be toasty but there would be no tails to create problems.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Now I won&#39;t have to go through multiple scarves in a season because they got ripped or stained by grease and road debris. Thank goodness there&#39;s venues who have thought to save the day with ideas like this. I owe them big time!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/6876565726024654209/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=6876565726024654209&amp;isPopup=true' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/6876565726024654209'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/6876565726024654209'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-want-green-neck-warmer.html' title='I Want:  Green Neck Warmer'/><author><name>Ricki</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='19' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/Slj8FS3krUI/AAAAAAAAAWU/3J2FBSur50Y/S220/lovebirdclip.png'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0su2-K_WGI/AAAAAAAAA28/sK2d3cFcuIM/s72-c/scarf.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-3218074475982979094</id><published>2010-01-08T12:52:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-08T12:52:40.759-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Jelene</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0ea3ndOtGI/AAAAAAAACQ4/FA8FJIE5aQY/s1600-h/jelene3.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0ea3ndOtGI/AAAAAAAACQ4/FA8FJIE5aQY/s320/jelene3.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;I know I&#39;ve written about Jelene a few times but there are a few of you.. ok more like a whole bunch of you that are new to our blog. We like new! I felt like today was a great time to reintroduce Jelene to the masses. &lt;a href=&quot;http://jelene.com/&quot;&gt;Jelene&lt;/a&gt; is an amazing pop art artist that resides on the east coast. She&#39;s also the girl that I trust with most of the graphics I have made for all three of my businesses. I know and trust that when I&#39;m looking for something fresh and fun that Jelene will be able to whip it up for me. She&#39;s just that wonderful. She&#39;s also the genius behind our Handmade Guru graphic. She drew our girly guru girl!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Today I&#39;m bringing you fun &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.zazzle.com/cupcake_shoes_for_kids-167134546025132455&quot;&gt;cupcake shoes&lt;/a&gt; for kids from Jelene that she&#39;s selling her in Zazzle store. Yeah these are pricy but oh my gosh they are cute! Makes me want a little girl all over again!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/3218074475982979094/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=3218074475982979094&amp;isPopup=true' title='6 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3218074475982979094'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3218074475982979094'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/jelene.html' title='Jelene'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0ea3ndOtGI/AAAAAAAACQ4/FA8FJIE5aQY/s72-c/jelene3.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>6</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-4923978327698951118</id><published>2010-01-08T12:15:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-08T12:56:36.838-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Happy Bubble Bath Day</title><content type='html'>Any excuse to celebrate is good enough for me and today&#39;s &quot;holiday&quot; is one I can totally get into. It&#39;s National Bubble Bath Day! Weather it&#39;s a long soak after a hard day of work or a dip in the tub to pamper oneself before a big date, bubble baths are one of life&#39;s greatest pleasures. A girl can never have too many options when it comes to her bubble baths. I would like to share with you today my recipe for a perfect bubble bath.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;One Part Bath Soak:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/solsticescents&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://ny-image1.etsy.com//il_430xN.109048085.jpg&quot; style=&quot;display: block; height: 324px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 430px;&quot; /&gt;Solstice Scents on Etsy&lt;/a&gt; offers some of the most tempting bath soaks I&#39;ve seen in a very long time. The blends from &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/solsticescents&quot;&gt;Solstice Scents&lt;/a&gt; are phalate free and a moisturizing mixture of dea sea salts, coconut milk, and oatmeal. Paired with wonderful scents such as Lemon Pink Sugar, Victorian Tea Room, and Spiced Cranberry and Spruce, there is sure to be a &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/solsticescents?section_id=6086954&quot;&gt;Relaxing Bath Soak&lt;/a&gt; scent for every palate.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;One Part Bubble Bar:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://ny-image0.etsy.com//il_430xN.109353580.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://ny-image0.etsy.com//il_430xN.109353580.jpg&quot; style=&quot;display: block; height: 363px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 430px;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I found this gem from &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/layla&quot;&gt;Flowering Tree Botanicals on Etsy&lt;/a&gt;. I am a sucker for foody scents and &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/layla&quot;&gt;Flowering Tree&lt;/a&gt; offers a nice variety of yummy dessert scents such as Chocolate Fudge and Pumpkin Spice. Twilight Fan? &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/layla&quot;&gt;Flowering Tree&lt;/a&gt; has a line of Twilight inspired bath products such as the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37039341&quot;&gt;Alice Bubble Bar&lt;/a&gt;, a mixture of Lady of the Night orchids and wild honeysuckle. The &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/layla?section_id=6388238&quot;&gt;bubble bars&lt;/a&gt; are a whopping 6oz, enough for more than one delightful soak.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;One Part Scrub:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/images/T/smooch_frostbite.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/images/T/smooch_frostbite.jpg&quot; style=&quot;display: block; height: 259px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 295px;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;To pamper your skin while you soak in bubbly delight check out &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/smooch/&quot;&gt;these delicious scrubs&lt;/a&gt; from &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/&quot;&gt;Villainess&lt;/a&gt;.   &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/smooch/&quot;&gt;Smooch!&lt;/a&gt; is a moisturizing scrub packed with grape-seed oil, shea and cocoa butters, and coconut oils to hydrate, and raw sugars or sea salt to exfoliate.  &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/&quot;&gt;Villainess&lt;/a&gt; offers a vast line of delectable scents such as &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/paradise-misplaced-smooch.html&quot;&gt;Paradise Misplaced&lt;/a&gt;: creamy coconut, mango, and crisp green tea.  &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/&quot;&gt;Villainess&lt;/a&gt; also offers seasonal scents such as &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.villainess.net/frostbite-smooch.html&quot;&gt;Frostbite&lt;/a&gt;, described as jasmine and lily of the valley frozen with fir and green apple. An incisive bite of citrus, and a chilling wooden core.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Add another part of relaxation and pampering and fill with hot water and there you have it, the perfect recipe to celebrate National Bubble Bath Day in Style.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/4923978327698951118/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=4923978327698951118&amp;isPopup=true' title='7 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/4923978327698951118'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/4923978327698951118'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-bubble-bath-day.html' title='Happy Bubble Bath Day'/><author><name>Alisha L.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/13383373857745091938</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='24' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vP2Fq5rl3Ag/S0Un0avharI/AAAAAAAAAAM/D3XZtiaesWM/S220/IMG_0519.JPG'/></author><thr:total>7</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-2451483295588864226</id><published>2010-01-08T10:03:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-08T10:03:56.131-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Julie Meyer</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0dzfaeM-AI/AAAAAAAACQw/TWf3nJFtHkw/s1600-h/julie1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0dzfaeM-AI/AAAAAAAACQw/TWf3nJFtHkw/s320/julie1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I wish I had an office job. Wait, who am I kidding? No I don&#39;t. I think I much prefer my little handmade loving job over your typical office job. If I did have to leave the house daily to work in the real world I know there are little things that would make my day much better. Especially if I was able to shop at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/JulieMeyer&quot;&gt;Julie Meyer&#39;s&lt;/a&gt; on Etsy. No, she&#39;s not related to &lt;a href=&quot;http://fredmeyers.com/&quot;&gt;Fred Meyer&#39;s&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Pack your lunch in eco-friendly Reusable Snack &amp;amp; Sandwich Bags and toss them into a hip &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/JulieMeyer?section_id=5563848&quot;&gt;Insulated Lunch Bag&lt;/a&gt;. These items are available in this one of a kind shop. I was telling my mom this morning how bummed I am that I don&#39;t have a reason to pick one of these insulated lunch bags up! These things are pretty major! &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Enjoy brown-bagging-it with this reusable insulated lunch bag. Made with vinyl this lunch bag is fully insulated, waterproof and closes with Velcro. Measures approximately 11&quot; x 7&quot; fully opened. Wipe clean and air-dry.  Pattern placement may vary slightly.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/2451483295588864226/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=2451483295588864226&amp;isPopup=true' title='6 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/2451483295588864226'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/2451483295588864226'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/julie-meyer.html' title='Julie Meyer'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0dzfaeM-AI/AAAAAAAACQw/TWf3nJFtHkw/s72-c/julie1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>6</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-2141572511008792467</id><published>2010-01-08T09:51:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-08T09:51:44.063-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Grumpy Girl Soap Winner!</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0dwgznOJiI/AAAAAAAACQo/xeFzR0AzGes/s1600-h/grumpy1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;240&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0dwgznOJiI/AAAAAAAACQo/xeFzR0AzGes/s320/grumpy1.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;As promised here&#39;s the winner of our &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.grumpygirlcandles.com/&quot;&gt;Grumpy Girl&lt;/a&gt; soap giveaway! The winner was comment number 19, Oceana Blue!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;mailto:[email protected]&quot;&gt;Contact me&lt;/a&gt; to claim your prize!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/2141572511008792467/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=2141572511008792467&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/2141572511008792467'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/2141572511008792467'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/grumpy-girl-soap-winner.html' title='Grumpy Girl Soap Winner!'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0dwgznOJiI/AAAAAAAACQo/xeFzR0AzGes/s72-c/grumpy1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-3320600496348980839</id><published>2010-01-08T05:41:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-08T05:44:45.319-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Purple Sparkle Crafts"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="tarts"/><title type='text'>Ricki’s Pick of the Week: Parma Violet Soy Wax Melts from Purple Sparkle Crafts</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0c2tMpvT7I/AAAAAAAAA2c/UORTRYri8ZQ/s1600-h/tarts.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5424364426309357490&quot; style=&quot;FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0c2tMpvT7I/AAAAAAAAA2c/UORTRYri8ZQ/s320/tarts.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;I participated in an international profile surprise Christmas gift swap on &lt;a href=&quot;http://swap-bot.com/&quot;&gt;Swap-Bot &lt;/a&gt;and was luckily enough to get the owner of &lt;a href=&quot;http://purplesparkle.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Purple Sparkle Crafts &lt;/a&gt;as my partner. She sent me these adorable (and very strong) &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31976067&quot;&gt;Parma Violet Soy Wax Melts&lt;/a&gt;. They look even cuter in person than in the picture (hard to believe, I know). I was so impressed by them that I set Etsy to let me know when her shop reopened, which it did this week. I might just have to order something when my tarts run out.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/3320600496348980839/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=3320600496348980839&amp;isPopup=true' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3320600496348980839'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3320600496348980839'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/rickis-pick-of-week-parma-violet-soy.html' title='Ricki’s Pick of the Week: Parma Violet Soy Wax Melts from Purple Sparkle Crafts'/><author><name>Ricki</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='19' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/Slj8FS3krUI/AAAAAAAAAWU/3J2FBSur50Y/S220/lovebirdclip.png'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0c2tMpvT7I/AAAAAAAAA2c/UORTRYri8ZQ/s72-c/tarts.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-8122617648581058227</id><published>2010-01-07T20:50:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-07T21:35:31.385-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="bath and body"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="cruelty free"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="handmade"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Haus of Gloi"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="scrubs"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Vegan Etsy"/><title type='text'>Howdy Fellow Handmade Connoisseurs</title><content type='html'>&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It is my absolute pleasure to be a new guest blogger for the Handmade Guru. I have been quite a the fan of handmade goods for as long as I can remember. Even as a little girl I remember quite fondly the joys of exploring craft fairs for one of a kind finds. As a not so little girl I spend more hours then I care to admit trolling Etsy for treasures to indulge in. I hope to be able to share some of the companies I have already come to know and love with all of you.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://ny-image0.etsy.com//il_fullxfull.114431908.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 194px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 141px; CURSOR: hand&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://ny-image0.etsy.com//il_fullxfull.114431908.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/gloilocksandbody&quot;&gt;Haus of Gloi&lt;/a&gt; is one of those companies that I simply cannot get enough of. &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/gloilocksandbody&quot;&gt;Haus of Gloi&lt;/a&gt; is ran by the exceedingly talented Britton with help from her husband. &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/gloilocksandbody&quot;&gt;Haus of Gloi&lt;/a&gt; offers deliciously scented bath and body products that are 100% vegan and cruelty free. Opening a package from &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/gloilocksandbody&quot;&gt;Haus of Gloi&lt;/a&gt; is a pleasure and you can tell right away that it was packaged with love.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://ny-image0.etsy.com//il_430xN.113836176.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 218px; FLOAT: right; HEIGHT: 291px; CURSOR: hand&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://ny-image0.etsy.com//il_430xN.113836176.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I am a huge fan of &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/gloilocksandbody?section_id=5926931&quot;&gt;Haus of Gloi&#39;s Sugar Creme Scrubs&lt;/a&gt;. They not only smell wonderful but they are moisturizing too. The scrubs leave a light layer of moisture on your skin that is not at all sticky. The scent lingers on your skin for literally hours. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Gloi&#39;s Sugar Creme Scrubs are. I reserve my scrubs for special occasions because they are just that great. Another plus for me is the wonderful smell that I can smell lingering in my bathroom after a Gloi shower.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://ny-image2.etsy.com//il_430xN.113394946.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 294px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 262px; CURSOR: hand&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://ny-image2.etsy.com//il_430xN.113394946.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Britton cooks up some delicious scents for her products over at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/gloilocksandbody&quot;&gt;Haus of Gloi&lt;/a&gt;, no run of the mill fragrances here. One of my personal faves is &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37883867&quot;&gt;Elevenses&lt;/a&gt;, described as orange cakes, sugar coated toasty almonds, and a bit of black tea. Gloi also offers Limited Edition scents that change with the seasons. One of my favorite Yuletide scents that is currently in the lineup is &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38060316&quot;&gt;Parkin&lt;/a&gt;: brown sugar, oat flour, white spices, and roasted chestnuts coated with a bit of icing. To die for!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;If you are thinking about trying &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/gloilocksandbody&quot;&gt;Haus of Gloi&lt;/a&gt; act fast, Britton is currently offering free shipping to first time customers with the code: FIRSTORDERUSA&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;If you are international fear not, if you enter code : FIRSTORDERINT you will be hooked up with 3 free sample scrubs or perfume samples as a thank you for your first order.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;These codes expire today (1/8).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Enjoy!&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/8122617648581058227/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=8122617648581058227&amp;isPopup=true' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/8122617648581058227'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/8122617648581058227'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/howdy-fellow-handmade-connoisseurs.html' title='Howdy Fellow Handmade Connoisseurs'/><author><name>Alisha L.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/13383373857745091938</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='24' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vP2Fq5rl3Ag/S0Un0avharI/AAAAAAAAAAM/D3XZtiaesWM/S220/IMG_0519.JPG'/></author><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-3939504814435793668</id><published>2010-01-07T17:07:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-07T18:57:05.279-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="afghan"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Crafty Crocheting"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="crocheted"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="handmade"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="hazelnut"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="hot cocoa"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="marshmallow"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="piccoladonna2006"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="slippers"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="tetoncocoacompany"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="TheFoodSnob"/><title type='text'>Baby, it&#39;s COLD outside!</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0aRy-0eAYI/AAAAAAAAABw/wEK_67ELYIg/s1600-h/hazelnutcocoa.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 216px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 257px&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5424183106256896386&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0aRy-0eAYI/AAAAAAAAABw/wEK_67ELYIg/s320/hazelnutcocoa.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Anyone who lives in the Midwest and is suffering through this Arctic cold snap (not to mention the piles of snow) we&#39;ve got right definitely has my sympathies. Tonight, I bring you handmade goodness to help combat the cold - things to warm you up and keep you warm!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;When it&#39;s this cold outside, I enjoy sipping on a steaming mug of hot tea or hot cocoa. My finds on &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Etsy&lt;/a&gt; tonight made my mouth water! For starters, check out the variety of hot cocoa mixes offered by &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/shop/tetoncocoacompany&quot;&gt;tetoncocoacompany&lt;/a&gt;. I would personally choose my favorite flavor - &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35336902&quot;&gt;hazelnut&lt;/a&gt;. You can order cocoa in 1 lb, 1/2 pound or even sampler packets! What flavor would you order?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0aeGcvWXMI/AAAAAAAAADI/baYd0eIOHx4/s1600-h/chocmarshmallows.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 186px; FLOAT: right; HEIGHT: 269px; CURSOR: hand&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5424196634845535426&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0aeGcvWXMI/AAAAAAAAADI/baYd0eIOHx4/s320/chocmarshmallows.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;right&quot;&gt;Of course, you need marshmallows for your hot cocoa! &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/shop/TheFoodSnob&quot;&gt;TheF&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/shop/TheFoodSnob&quot;&gt;oodSnob&lt;/a&gt; offers a few different flavors. Don&#39;t these &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37183863&quot;&gt;chocolate swirl marshmallows&lt;/a&gt; make your mouth water?! &lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0aa1IwHt3I/AAAAAAAAACo/YvxqWfL4OKE/s1600-h/chocmarshmallows.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;/a&gt;You can also choose from vanilla or peppermint.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;right&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;right&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;right&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a style=&quot;MARGIN-LEFT: 1em; MARGIN-RIGHT: 1em&quot; href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0aTMTqy5eI/AAAAAAAAACI/LBVxRysfPQU/s1600-h/slippers.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 255px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 215px&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5424184640861824482&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0aTMTqy5eI/AAAAAAAAACI/LBVxRysfPQU/s320/slippers.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;My feet are always cold, even if it&#39;s 90 degrees outside. So, slippers are to me like shoes are to many other women. There&#39;s so many adorable crocheted slippers out on Etsy. This &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36402807&quot;&gt;pair&lt;/a&gt;, from &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/shop/piccoladonna2006&quot;&gt;piccoladonna2006&lt;/a&gt; is one of my favorites. Sadly, she is closing her shop, so now is the time to check out her offerings! She&#39;s got a half-price sale going, too.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;right&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0ac5YnMv7I/AAAAAAAAAC4/OSxCPbjRSHI/s1600-h/afghan.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 203px; FLOAT: right; HEIGHT: 259px; CURSOR: hand&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5424195310887681970&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0ac5YnMv7I/AAAAAAAAAC4/OSxCPbjRSHI/s320/afghan.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Finally, who doesn&#39;t love to cozy under a snuggly blanket or afghan to keep toasty? Etsy is a great place to find handmade blankets &amp;amp; afghans of all sizes. I personally like this &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28630549&quot;&gt;afghan&lt;/a&gt; from &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyCrocheting&quot;&gt;Crafty Crocheting&lt;/a&gt;. I love everything purple!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Now that I&#39;ve shared some of my favorite things that I use to keep warm - how about you? Got any tips or secrets to share with us? I&#39;d love to hear!&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/3939504814435793668/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=3939504814435793668&amp;isPopup=true' title='6 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3939504814435793668'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3939504814435793668'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/baby-its-cold-outside.html' title='Baby, it&#39;s COLD outside!'/><author><name>Heather</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/17940662443011084751</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='33' height='31' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0TnWG4zlVI/AAAAAAAAAAM/zwwXtJu62E8/S220/Annual09.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0aRy-0eAYI/AAAAAAAAABw/wEK_67ELYIg/s72-c/hazelnutcocoa.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>6</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-2116755849973442388</id><published>2010-01-07T11:40:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-07T11:41:12.942-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Comment Contest</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Y4ncwVBvI/AAAAAAAACQQ/MDDXfOnCz5g/s1600-h/breaking-news.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Y4ncwVBvI/AAAAAAAACQQ/MDDXfOnCz5g/s400/breaking-news.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;We&#39;re going to be doing another comment contest like we did over the last few months. The person with the most thoughtful, regular comments over the next few months will win an extreme &lt;a href=&quot;http://thelittleblackboxes.com/&quot;&gt;Little Black Box&lt;/a&gt;. This little black box will contain every single sample sent in from January, February, and March. That&#39;s a whole lot of samples! Winner will be picked March 20th.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Get to commenting and show our new guest writers Alisha and Heather some love! We now have 3 guest writers plus myself bringing you stuff all day long. We are committed to handmade love so show us some!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/2116755849973442388/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=2116755849973442388&amp;isPopup=true' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/2116755849973442388'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/2116755849973442388'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/comment-contest.html' title='Comment Contest'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Y4ncwVBvI/AAAAAAAACQQ/MDDXfOnCz5g/s72-c/breaking-news.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-7356861033498326980</id><published>2010-01-07T11:01:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-07T11:01:04.186-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Kristi Mcmurry Photography</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0YvP4B3TFI/AAAAAAAACQI/mh2uNIDIta4/s1600-h/kristin1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0YvP4B3TFI/AAAAAAAACQI/mh2uNIDIta4/s400/kristin1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;One can never have too many greeting cards on hand. I can think of numerous reason why it&#39;s a good idea to have multiple types of cards around your home. I&#39;m one of those people that forget until the day before that I need something for an event and by then I have to get all ready to head out and spend a fortune on a typical Hallmark greeting card. There&#39;s no fun in that! There&#39;s so many great handmade cards on the net right now. Support those guys! Oh, and because like I mentioned before, I procrastinate and it&#39;s my dad&#39;s birthday on Saturday. Happy Birthday dad!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/kristimcmurry&quot;&gt;Kristi Mcmurry Photography&lt;/a&gt; many of her photographs have been turned into unique cards that can be given to people for no reason at all. Maybe you just want to say hello or that you&#39;re thinking of them. These are fun cards that will make most people giggle. I like the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&amp;amp;listing_id=29118984&quot;&gt;Hungry Policeman cards&lt;/a&gt;. The donuts make me hungry and the policeman sprinkles make me laugh. Perfect!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/7356861033498326980/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=7356861033498326980&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/7356861033498326980'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/7356861033498326980'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/kristi-mcmurry-photography.html' title='Kristi Mcmurry Photography'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0YvP4B3TFI/AAAAAAAACQI/mh2uNIDIta4/s72-c/kristin1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-694305121738906820</id><published>2010-01-07T10:03:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-07T10:04:19.827-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Windy City Glassblower</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Yh7cCN-DI/AAAAAAAACQA/vEcKx6EGiGg/s1600-h/glass1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Yh7cCN-DI/AAAAAAAACQA/vEcKx6EGiGg/s320/glass1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Some people collect beer bottles or liquor bottles. Some people collect beer cans, hello Hoarders on A&amp;amp;E the other week! Ugh! I do not collect either. I actually don&#39;t have a collection but anything besides soaps and wickless candles but I certainly don&#39;t have enough to call it a collection. Actually, it depends on the definition. Moving on..&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/nickpaul&quot;&gt;Windy City Glassblower&lt;/a&gt; all of the glass is recycled and made in the traditional style of soft glassblowing and is often made to order. 100% of the bottle used to avoid waste, and each product is dishwasher safe and Eco-Friendly. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;My favorite glasses are the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32601631&quot;&gt;Boylan Grape Soda glasses&lt;/a&gt;. The bottles were opened up and turned into drinking glasses. You&#39;ll get a set of four of them with this listing. I just think this is the neatest idea. The beer bottle glasses would be a great addition to any get together when you have friends over too!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/694305121738906820/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=694305121738906820&amp;isPopup=true' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/694305121738906820'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/694305121738906820'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/windy-city-glassblower.html' title='Windy City Glassblower'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Yh7cCN-DI/AAAAAAAACQA/vEcKx6EGiGg/s72-c/glass1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-4754079556900352725</id><published>2010-01-07T05:50:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-07T05:56:16.816-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="art"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="candle holder"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Daydreem Designs"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Designs with Attitude"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="earrings"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="J Lynn Creations"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="magnets"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="necklace"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Paper Pumpkin"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Dreamy Giraffe"/><title type='text'>Theme: Snow</title><content type='html'>It snowed last night!: &lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36929858&quot;&gt;Glass Candle Holder, Hand Engraved With &#39;Floating Flakes&#39; &lt;/a&gt;by &lt;a href=&quot;http://daydreemdesigns.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Daydreem Designs&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423995834760852034&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 241px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0XneWIeckI/AAAAAAAAA18/wuNBBpAN_bc/s320/candleholder.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt; &lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34096506&quot;&gt;Snowfall. . . Set of 4 Magnets &lt;/a&gt;by &lt;a href=&quot;http://paperpumpkin.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Paper Pumpkin&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423995845251428114&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 319px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0Xne9Nn7xI/AAAAAAAAA2M/wZsmc9hD2eo/s320/magnets.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt; &lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37877074&quot;&gt;Necklace Fresh Snow Starry Night Winter White Magical Tree of Life Fused Dichroic Glass Pendant &lt;/a&gt;by &lt;a href=&quot;http://ccvalenzo.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Designs with Attitude &lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423995849727346850&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0XnfN4xCKI/AAAAAAAAA2U/EBc9ddRPRBo/s320/necklace.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt; &lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34797425&quot;&gt;Making Friends (Original Painting) &lt;/a&gt;by &lt;a href=&quot;http://thedreamygiraffe.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;The Dreamy Giraffe Collection &lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423995829878848850&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 248px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0XneD8g_VI/AAAAAAAAA10/VQ5CVwanvlo/s320/art.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt; &lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37799343&quot;&gt;Snow Flurry Sterling Silver Earrings &lt;/a&gt;by &lt;a href=&quot;http://jlynncreations.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;J Lynn Creations&lt;/a&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423995838482858978&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 318px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0Xnej_3w-I/AAAAAAAAA2E/HG3Q-QWV3KE/s320/earrings.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/4754079556900352725/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=4754079556900352725&amp;isPopup=true' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/4754079556900352725'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/4754079556900352725'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/theme-snow.html' title='Theme: Snow'/><author><name>Ricki</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='19' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/Slj8FS3krUI/AAAAAAAAAWU/3J2FBSur50Y/S220/lovebirdclip.png'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0XneWIeckI/AAAAAAAAA18/wuNBBpAN_bc/s72-c/candleholder.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-2920002026386987228</id><published>2010-01-06T16:10:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-06T16:48:35.397-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Daydreem Designs"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="engraved"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="glassware"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="snowflake"/><title type='text'>Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0UtoulScwI/AAAAAAAAABA/adOi91afH1U/s1600-h/snowglasses.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 320px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 241px; CURSOR: hand&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423791503960077058&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0UtoulScwI/AAAAAAAAABA/adOi91afH1U/s320/snowglasses.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;It&#39;s winter time and for many of us that means cold temps and, of course, snow! I&#39;m a freeze baby so winter is definitely NOT my favorite season. So, I logged on to &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Etsy&lt;/a&gt; tonight to see what I could find with a theme of snow flakes.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Growing up, my parents have had this set of drinking glasses that are frosted, with white dots all over and some houses and trees wrapping around the bottom. They are my favorite glasses to use around the holiday time. I even told my mom I was going to smuggle one back home with me this year...that didn&#39;t go over too well!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;So, imagine my delight when I found these lovely &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36838400&quot;&gt;glasses&lt;/a&gt; on &lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/shop/daydreemdesigns&quot;&gt;daydreemdesign&#39;s shop&lt;/a&gt;! These glasses (and everything in her shop) are hand engraved. The detail on each of these is amazing. Each design is drawn by freehand - not traced. The end result is an individual (and signed) piece every time. Just like every snow flake is unique.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://http//www.etsy.com/shop/daydreemdesigns&quot;&gt;Daydreemdesigns&lt;/a&gt; does not just offer these glasses, though. You&#39;ll also find shot glasses, votive candle holders, champagne flutes, mugs and more! This shop even offers a FREE votive holder with a purchase of $35 or more. Cheers!&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/2920002026386987228/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=2920002026386987228&amp;isPopup=true' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/2920002026386987228'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/2920002026386987228'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/let-it-snow-let-it-snow-let-it-snow.html' title='Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!'/><author><name>Heather</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/17940662443011084751</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='33' height='31' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0TnWG4zlVI/AAAAAAAAAAM/zwwXtJu62E8/S220/Annual09.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Uh1zR_NOMqw/S0UtoulScwI/AAAAAAAAABA/adOi91afH1U/s72-c/snowglasses.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-1023291851054939314</id><published>2010-01-06T13:34:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-06T13:34:59.982-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="cold processed soaps"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="contest"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="etsy"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="intetions"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="soap"/><title type='text'>Intentions</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0T-Y5P4yAI/AAAAAAAACP4/UwehOR9Idlo/s1600-h/intentions2.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0T-Y5P4yAI/AAAAAAAACP4/UwehOR9Idlo/s320/intentions2.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;I know.. I know! I&#39;ve written about this company numerous times already. The problem is that they currently hold the award in my heart for most beautiful cold process soaps. Well, actually it&#39;s a close call but they are pretty far up on my list. They participated once before in the &lt;a href=&quot;http://thelittleblackboxes.com/&quot;&gt;Little Black Box&lt;/a&gt;. I wasn&#39;t all that familiar with them at the time but now that I am I&#39;m sad that I wasn&#39;t as enthusiastic about this little gem at the time. I would have been singing praises such a long time ago. Maybe if we all beg we can bring them back this year!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/Intentions&quot;&gt;Intentions&lt;/a&gt; is said business. Intentions fully intends on making me spend money on them quite often in 2010. I&#39;m sad to say that I haven&#39;t had the chance to purchase from them yet. Their soaps are on the spendy side but they are worth it. Just look at them!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Now, right now &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/voter_list.php?ref=voter&amp;amp;room_id=88&quot;&gt;a vote&lt;/a&gt; is going on over on Etsy and Intentions is listed in their Favorite Sellers category. Go vote! If they win, maybe it will encourage a sale or something? A girl can hope, right?</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/1023291851054939314/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=1023291851054939314&amp;isPopup=true' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/1023291851054939314'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/1023291851054939314'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/intentions.html' title='Intentions'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0T-Y5P4yAI/AAAAAAAACP4/UwehOR9Idlo/s72-c/intentions2.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-1357132915507618095</id><published>2010-01-06T10:53:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-06T10:53:16.034-08:00</updated><title type='text'>The Salty Peanut</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0TcELvgZeI/AAAAAAAACPw/Bo86CmvAHx8/s1600-h/salty1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0TcELvgZeI/AAAAAAAACPw/Bo86CmvAHx8/s320/salty1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;It must be coaster week! I found another set of super cool coasters that I want to add to my collection of coasters that I don&#39;t actually have but would have if I was loaded and had unlimited amounts of money to blow.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesaltypeanut&quot;&gt;The Salty Peanut&lt;/a&gt; there&#39;s a few hundred sets of coasters to pick from. There&#39;s so many that you&#39;ll truly have no problem finding a set that matches your home. I think funky coasters are an absolutely great housewarming gift. Heck, they are a great gift anytime really. I&#39;d be stoked to get some fun ones!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I&#39;m a fan of their &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32115398&quot;&gt;Caitlyn&lt;/a&gt; set. The back to school feel is really neat and would have been the perfect gift for the twin&#39;s teachers this year. I wish I would have seen these sooner. I wish I was creative enough to do things like this. They are so cool!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/1357132915507618095/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=1357132915507618095&amp;isPopup=true' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/1357132915507618095'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/1357132915507618095'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/salty-peanut.html' title='The Salty Peanut'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0TcELvgZeI/AAAAAAAACPw/Bo86CmvAHx8/s72-c/salty1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-1491280095978109343</id><published>2010-01-06T05:22:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-06T05:26:09.387-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Deaf Chick"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="soap"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Little Black Box"/><title type='text'>Deaf Chick is in the Box!</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0SPT4Qhs7I/AAAAAAAAA1s/jI85byJUWOk/s1600-h/soap.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423617422942909362&quot; style=&quot;FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 150px&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0SPT4Qhs7I/AAAAAAAAA1s/jI85byJUWOk/s200/soap.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;I have never heard of &lt;a href=&quot;http://deafchick.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Deaf Chick &lt;/a&gt;before seeing the shop listed in &lt;a href=&quot;http://thelittleblackboxes.com/&quot;&gt;TLBB&lt;/a&gt; contributors, but her soaps sound simple and wonderful. I really have my eye on her &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25811843&quot;&gt;Kama Sutra Sheer Seduction &lt;/a&gt;bar. It’s a pretty pink slice that smells of African violet and lily of the valley. Heavenly!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/1491280095978109343/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=1491280095978109343&amp;isPopup=true' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/1491280095978109343'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/1491280095978109343'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/deaf-chick-is-in-box.html' title='Deaf Chick is in the Box!'/><author><name>Ricki</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='19' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/Slj8FS3krUI/AAAAAAAAAWU/3J2FBSur50Y/S220/lovebirdclip.png'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0SPT4Qhs7I/AAAAAAAAA1s/jI85byJUWOk/s72-c/soap.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-9139872828275272490</id><published>2010-01-05T10:43:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-05T10:43:49.633-08:00</updated><title type='text'>City Chic Country Mouse</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0OIWVL7C_I/AAAAAAAACPo/1M1toG1pEso/s1600-h/citychic1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0OIWVL7C_I/AAAAAAAACPo/1M1toG1pEso/s320/citychic1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Housework doesn&#39;t have to be boring and drab. It certainly doesn&#39;t need to be ugly too. Funk it up with girly household accessories and maybe the things you dread the most will become a thing of the past.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/CityChicCountryMouse&quot;&gt;City Chic Country Mouse&lt;/a&gt; I found things that will make all your chores fun! Especially stuff like ironing, bleh! Pick up one of their &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/CityChicCountryMouse?section_id=5750079&quot;&gt;aprons&lt;/a&gt; and find a fun &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/CityChicCountryMouse?section_id=5794443&quot;&gt;cover&lt;/a&gt; for your ironing board. I love this &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37718782&quot;&gt;black and white&lt;/a&gt; one! It really will add a touch of elegance! Put one of these covers over your existing board and it&#39;s just like you have a brand new one, only so much prettier!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The material is made of 100% cotton by Michael Miller. It has a drawstring cord for easy adjustment and a secure hold and also fits standard sized ironing boards. I&#39;m loving these!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/9139872828275272490/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=9139872828275272490&amp;isPopup=true' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/9139872828275272490'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/9139872828275272490'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/city-chic-country-mouse.html' title='City Chic Country Mouse'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0OIWVL7C_I/AAAAAAAACPo/1M1toG1pEso/s72-c/citychic1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-8219421452478042088</id><published>2010-01-05T09:41:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-05T09:41:46.288-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Rae Dunn</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0N5zyTPghI/AAAAAAAACPg/fsdqUISFBhA/s1600-h/raedunn1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0N5zyTPghI/AAAAAAAACPg/fsdqUISFBhA/s320/raedunn1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;If you&#39;re one that big into entertaining and always trying to keep your party guests guessing then I totally think that you need to pay attention to this find for the day. Don&#39;t wait until it&#39;s the day of your party to impress. Purpose one of a kind extra added touches beforehand. It&#39;ll make your get togethers the talk of the office on Monday.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/raedunn&quot;&gt;Rae Dunn&lt;/a&gt; you&#39;ll find one of a kind custom &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19073593&quot;&gt;napkin rings&lt;/a&gt;. You can purchase your choice of 4 or 8 custom word printed chunky napkin rings at this shop. Just think of 8 unique words and make sure you put those in the notes at checkout and 3 to 4 weeks later you&#39;ll have a family keepsake that is sure to dress up any table you&#39;re serving.&amp;nbsp;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/8219421452478042088/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=8219421452478042088&amp;isPopup=true' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/8219421452478042088'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/8219421452478042088'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/rae-dunn.html' title='Rae Dunn'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0N5zyTPghI/AAAAAAAACPg/fsdqUISFBhA/s72-c/raedunn1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-3827466819339075847</id><published>2010-01-05T05:47:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-05T05:52:52.474-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="business card holder"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="checkbook covers"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Pine Blossoms Repurposed Goods"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="purse"/><title type='text'>3 Things I Would Buy From: Pine Blossoms Repurposed Goods</title><content type='html'>Wool is such a nice, cozy fabric, but sweaters and coats have a tendency to shrink over time. It is nice to see an old garment put to new use like what you can find at &lt;a href=&quot;http://pineblossoms.etsy.com/&quot;&gt;Pine Blossoms Repurposed Goods&lt;/a&gt;: &lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37295444&quot;&gt;Daisy Grey and Black Card Keeper Keyclip Repurposed Wool&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423252569801636082&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 150px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0NDeoZAOPI/AAAAAAAAA1U/u0xoWXLZpRo/s200/cardholder.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt; &lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29403924&quot;&gt;Leaf Me Simply Checkbook Cover&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423252572476191266&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 133px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0NDeyWqsiI/AAAAAAAAA1c/SYOReMu6BJc/s200/checkbookcover.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt; &lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37294814&quot;&gt;Leafy Goodness in Rich Browns Repurposed Wool Bag Harris Tweed&lt;/a&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5423252576486770674&quot; style=&quot;DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 150px; TEXT-ALIGN: center&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0NDfBS3R_I/AAAAAAAAA1k/7yQeeW1RiiE/s200/purse.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/3827466819339075847/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=3827466819339075847&amp;isPopup=true' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3827466819339075847'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/3827466819339075847'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/3-things-i-would-buy-from-pine-blossoms.html' title='3 Things I Would Buy From: Pine Blossoms Repurposed Goods'/><author><name>Ricki</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='19' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/Slj8FS3krUI/AAAAAAAAAWU/3J2FBSur50Y/S220/lovebirdclip.png'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T6Cy5CgYoPY/S0NDeoZAOPI/AAAAAAAAA1U/u0xoWXLZpRo/s72-c/cardholder.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-6116564290233381753</id><published>2010-01-04T18:20:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-04T18:20:15.905-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Corkey Creations</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Kh1JElr4I/AAAAAAAACPY/bRfwPLb72tU/s1600-h/corkey1.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Kh1JElr4I/AAAAAAAACPY/bRfwPLb72tU/s320/corkey1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;I&#39;m a wino. I admit. My new favorite is &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.pasekcellars.com/&quot;&gt;Pasek Cellars &lt;/a&gt;Loganberry wine. It rocks my world and I&#39;m the first one to say so. It&#39;s probably not the best thing to be consuming while I&#39;m in the midst of some serious weight loss but oh well. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Maybe if I start collecting all the corks from the bottles of wine I plan on consuming I can make cute cork coasters like the ones found at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/CorkeyCreations&quot;&gt;Corkey Creations&lt;/a&gt;. These &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35816728&quot;&gt;wine cork coasters&lt;/a&gt; are absolutely perfect for the wine lover in your life or even for yourself you big lush. Because each coaster is custom made, the coasters you receive may have slight variations from the ones shown.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;There&#39;s other wine cork items available in the shop. You&#39;ll also find place card holders and funky napkin rings. The place card holders look like a great addition for a dinner party or even a wedding reception. Super cool!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/6116564290233381753/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=6116564290233381753&amp;isPopup=true' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/6116564290233381753'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/6116564290233381753'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/corkey-creations.html' title='Corkey Creations'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0Kh1JElr4I/AAAAAAAACPY/bRfwPLb72tU/s72-c/corkey1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9150203840569793208.post-8252976863883746665</id><published>2010-01-04T13:15:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2010-01-04T13:15:12.243-08:00</updated><title type='text'>The Loose Leaf</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0JaTdpeLxI/AAAAAAAACPQ/XcS2E5q9DbM/s1600-h/looseleaf.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0JaTdpeLxI/AAAAAAAACPQ/XcS2E5q9DbM/s320/looseleaf.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Happiness is in the eye of the beholder. I haven&#39;t been truly happy in a very long time. After my separation with my husband this past year I sort of felt I needed time to heal and recover from the constant turbulence that my life seems to be in. It seems like things started going down hill right after the kids were born and it&#39;s been a constant struggle since then to find inner peace. Many of you that know me know that since March I&#39;ve lost a ton of weight. I had the luxury of living in Arizona and using the pool to shed the weight and also completely changed my diet at the same time. I think when you want something to change bad enough you just do it. Now, I&#39;m sitting here listening to the rain pouring on the pavement and wishing I had my pool back. I&#39;ve managed to continue my weight loss but it&#39;s slower now that I&#39;m not spending time in the pool every day. I want my pre-baby body back! Pre twins! Lord knows what twins does to ones body..&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I found this &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37762961&quot;&gt;organic weight loss tea&lt;/a&gt; on Etsy and I wonder if it really works. I&#39;m a huge tea drinker and I wonder if it&#39;d work to kick the last 20 or so pounds off? I&#39;m a big tea drinker and but I don&#39;t venture from the iced tea. I&#39;m not really a hot drink drinker. Let me know! It&#39;s supposed to give that metabolism a boost. If this works then &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.etsy.com/shop/thelooseleaf&quot;&gt;The Loose Leaf&lt;/a&gt; will have a customer for life!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/feeds/8252976863883746665/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9150203840569793208&amp;postID=8252976863883746665&amp;isPopup=true' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/8252976863883746665'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/9150203840569793208/posts/default/8252976863883746665'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/2010/01/loose-leaf.html' title='The Loose Leaf'/><author><name>Serial Dater</name><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='27' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/SmY836C8xWI/AAAAAAAABu8/hM-nHRmX8OE/S220/newkim.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JHMLyDTUEmM/S0JaTdpeLxI/AAAAAAAACPQ/XcS2E5q9DbM/s72-c/looseleaf.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry></feed>

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