Friday, March 13, 2009

A Must Share - Fabulous use of old car hoods

This is an article from re-nest: abundant design for green homes.

These tables are made from recycled old car hoods. A welder in Dallas uses rusty old car hoods to make these magnificent industrial tables. You have to see this to really appreciate it.

Recycled Car Hood Tables

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Queen Speaks: March Woot Loot

Go on over to The Queen Speaks and enter the March Woot Loot giveaway. She is giving away a lovely turquoise and silver memory wire bracelet. Hurry, the Queen has spoken! :)

The Queen Speaks: March Woot Loot

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Can't we all just be a little nicer?

I will admit that I'm a little slow in finding this post and this great blog. But I found the button on another blog and was interested in what it was all about. Now I want to share it with you all.

It really would be great if we could all try to be a little nicer in our daily life. Wouldn't it?

Please visit Melissa's blog and read about "Operation NICE".

Operation NICE: Welcome to Operation NICE!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Steviva Brand Product Review

If you are into all-natural products or sugar substitutes, I'm sure you have heard of Stevia extract.

A few weeks ago I received a mysterious package in the mail. Not realizing I was receiving free products to review, I opened it and was a little confused. I always use sugar substitutes and so I got a little excited when I saw that it was three types of Steviva Brand product samples. How great is that!! I received a handful of individual packets of Fructevia and a one pound package of Fructevia for cooking. I also received a container of Steviva's 100% pure Stevia Powder. That was a lot of sweetness in one package!

Here is a little about Steviva products. I was pleased to know that they are all natural and that Stevia was recently approved by the FDA. The 100% Stevia powder has no carbs, calories, artificial ingredients or fillers. Also, it is said that Fructevia does not affect your blood sugar levels like refined sugar does and that it "tastes exactly like sugar". They guarantee it does.

Here is my review of the Steviva Brand products I received.

I am a coffee drinker. I can hardly function until I have my coffee. So my first try was the Fructevia individual packets in my coffee. I'm actually a creamer only coffee drinker and sometimes I will even go black. But I wanted to give this Stevia product a try and see if it might change my coffee drinking style. The Fructevia taste was very mild to me. In fact, I put two packets in my coffee to get a satisfying level of sweetness. Each packet was equal to 2 teaspoons of Fructevia. I was expecting an artificial taste, but it didn't have one. If you have ever sweetened anything with unsweetened fruit juice only(like I have), that was sort of the flavor. Not unpleasant at all. It still didn't make me want to sweeten my coffee everyday. If you wanted to give it a try in place of your artificial sweetener, I suggest doubling up on the packets or using four teaspoons of the product.

Next, I gave the Steviva pure Stevia powder a taste. They said it is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. Being sceptical, I opened the container and dipped in my fingertip to give it a taste. Don't do that! That is definitely the sweetest white powder I have ever tasted! Go easy on it. If you choose to use it in your coffee, do so very sparingly. Here are a couple of good reasons to give the Stevia extract a try. It gives you energy and helps digestion by stimulating your pancreas and it doesn't hurt your teeth. :D

We haven't had a cooking opportunity to try the Fructevia sent for that purpose. But, as soon as we do, I will definitely give you guys a review of how it does in cooking. The package says it is twice as sweet as sugar. I'm anxious to find out.

One last thing about the Steviva Brand company. It was nice to read that they do what they can to reduce their impact on the environment. Some of the things they do are running their fleet vehicles on alternative fuel, giving to environmental concerns and powering their manufacturing and office facilities from renewable energy sources. That is so great!

If you want to find out more about the Steviva Brand products you can visit their website at

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Wonderful Personalized Crochet Doily Givaway

This is such a nice prize that I had to blog about it. It is a personalized heirloom quality crochet doily in your choice of colors. It would be great to have it personalized with your family name to pass down through the generations.

Visit Etsy Thread Artists to enter.

The Contest ends March 10, 2009

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