Coleman's 28-Quart Cooler

Coleman's 28-quart cooler with hinged lid and handle is definitely a fabulous way to transport your perishable food.

If you are transporting potato salad or any other perishable items over a long distance, say to Grandma's house, the beach or a wedding reception, I would put it in a proper cooler with plenty of ice.

The cooler shown here is by Coleman, the manufacturer of my own cooler.  It will hold two 2-litre bottles upright. Sorry, that is how manufacturers talk about cooler size, in the size of pop cans and bottles.

I think it is a good size for carrying items like potato salad although they will have to be in a rectangular container, I expect and not a salad bowl. However, my own personal cooler by Coleman is considerably bigger because we use it for camping for a family of four.

Karen in New York says that this 28-quart cooler is a "Great size cooler for a weekend at the cabin. Reliable quality from Coleman...That's why we keep going back to this manufacturer for a product that we KNOW will be effective, efficient, and usable for years."

Coleman has produced a cooler for everyone and for every need.  You will likely need to own more than one! However you choose to do it, make sure you keep your potato salad and other perishables cold.

To find this cooler on Amazon, click right here. To see Amazon's complete selection of Coleman coolers which come in a range of sizes, styles and colors click here.


Nintendo's Wii Party Video Game

Have YOU Played Wii Party?

There are no other party video games on the market that offer the number of play options and variations that Wii Party does.

Wii Party features more than 13 games and 70 mini-games that you play in your living room as opposed to on your television screen.

The screen acts as your game board and you roll the dice to play the games.

You use the Wii remote controls to play the games in the real world with the results of game play contributing to your progress on the game board on your television.

Wii Party is a multi-player game, which features both competitive and cooperative gaming and is perfect for any gathering of up to four individuals. (You can accommodate larger gatherings by taking turns.)

Wii Party is rated E for Everyone and is suitable for children aged eight-years old and up. It is great family entertainment, with occasional slapstick violence called 'mild cartoon violence' and nothing graphic.

Most importantly, Wii Party is loads of family friendly fun.

If you are planning a party and you own Nintendo's Wii, you NEED the new game, Wii Party. I listened with interest recently as my 17-year old son and his female birthday guests had a blast in the basement playing this fun new video game.

Amazon customer Kaio said, "Bottom Line -- Just like Sports Resort, Wii Party is definitely a game I'll come back to again and again! Literally hours and hours of fun to be had here...I love Wii Party and can't say enough good about it! What a blast!"

Click here to read more about Nintendo's Wii Party video game from Amazon.


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Author's Note: This post was originally written a number of years ago and posted elsewhere.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Book: Bug Zoo by Andy Harkness

I am always fascinated by the opportunity to look behind the scenes at how something beautiful is made. In this case, a short video from the animation folks at Disney allows us to see how artist Andy Harkness put together the children's picture book Bug Zoo.

Bug Zoo tells the story of a little boy who collects bugs and creates his own zoo. He loves bugs, "armored, teeny, leggy, greenie, floaty, wingy, jumpy, springy bugs!" He is very happy with his zoo but what about the bugs? How happy are they?

The story was written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Harkness, a Disney animator who has also worked on many other Disney projects including Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear, Tangled and Frozen as well as some short films. The book has 40 pages and is recommended for children aged three to five though of course older children who love bugs will enjoy this story, too. I love the fact that the bugs in this book are based on real bugs.  The Disney blog calls Bug Zoo an "uncanny mixture of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Wallace and Gromit." I call it beautiful.

Watch for yourself this short video, The Making of Bug Zoo, and see how Harkness used clay models to create this children's book:


You can learn more about the book and order your copy from Amazon by clicking right here.

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Friendship Cards in Our Tutus

My friend Margie and I decided one day that we needed a tutu.   So we made one - and then of course, we had to model them.   We laughed for hours - we laughed as we made them, and then we hollered and laughed during the photo shoot.   It was one of those crazy times when things clicked and suddenly we were having the time of our lives.   I hope you have a precious fun friend like Margie!

I immediately took a few of the photos out to Zazzle and made some cards.  I gave a few cards to my sister last week - and she loved them!  Next time you and your BFF have one of these silly fun days, get someone to take your photo and make some fun cards at Zazzle.  It does help you to treasure the day, no doubt!  And looks like people enjoy cards with silly little old ladies having fun!  


Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles

Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles, A Wise Choice For Quality Children's Puzzles

Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles are high-quality, hand-crafted children's puzzles that will fascinate your child. Their assortment includes every type of puzzle from the simplest wooden puzzles for the youngest of children to fantastic floor puzzles to cardboard puzzles with up to 500 pieces suitable for teens and adults. They also manufacture a series of practical jigsaw puzzle storage units.

Children and their parents love Melissa and Doug's assortment of puzzles which include fantastic photography and illustrations, some with added texture, sounds and magnets. All sorts of themes that children are fascinated with are available and options range from animals to transportation to castles. Their line of holiday puzzles is also very popular. Parents really appreciate Melissa and Doug's puzzles because they are durable, attractive items that hold up well to a young child's attentions.

Why Should I Buy Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles For My Young Children?

  • The wooden knob puzzles have jumbo knobs that are easy for little hands to grasp.
  • The wooden knob puzzles also have pictures underneath each piece to guide your child to finding the right piece.
  • They feature themes that are classic, that your child will love and that make doing these puzzles both interesting and educational. Themes include animals and pets, farm, fairy tales, common construction and transportation vehicles.
  • The chunky puzzles feature pieces that are tough enough to be used for pretend play.
  • They provide opportunities for fun, learning and creative thinking.
  • They come in various sizes and difficulty levels to accommodate your growing child's ability.

Melissa and Doug's Safety Statement

A hugely important consideration when you are puzzle shopping is safety. Melissa and Doug put their name on every piece that they make and they are proud to make a quality puzzle and toy line.

Any product they produce has to pass the test of their six children. However, and possibly more important in today's world, they believe in 'Testing, Testing and More Testing.' They start by insisting that the factories follow their instructions but they also audit, inspect and test their items throughout the manufacturing process. They test paints and coatings to make sure that they meet government regulations with regard to the metals, lead, and so on. Their tests are verified by third party labs. While I do not believe there is such a thing as a guarantee of safety in our world, I think these steps mean that you can choose their items with confidence knowing that they are good quality, safe items for you and your family.

Start with a A Wooden Puzzle Set

The barn-themed wooden puzzle shown at the top of the page is a knob puzzle and recommended for children aged 1 and up and the beautiful puzzle set shown here on the right is recommended for children aged 18 months and up. These wonderful wooden puzzles are brightly coloured and will help your child develop shape recognition, grouping, matching and fine motor skills. Each puzzle has easy-fit pieces featuring basic items your child will recognize including a boat, train, teddy bear, plane, bus and car. You can find Melissa and Doug's Wooden First Puzzle Set on Amazon by clicking right here.

Progress to a Giant Floor Puzzle

My children particularly loved floor puzzles  and what child, particularly a little boy, does not love a firetruck? This big, bright, detailed fire truck allows your child to assemble a puzzle that is his size on the floor.  Four feet long, it can be worked on a coffee table or the floor but is large enough for your children to work on together without bumping into each other. It features 24 jumbo-sized pieces and is made of heavy grade cardboard.  The large pieces make it easy for small hands to work this puzzle, which will aid in the development of motor skills and problem-solving abilities.  Recommended for children aged 3 years and up, reviews for this puzzle include comments like this gift froom Santa "was a huge hit!" and Joshua Koppel's, "My only fault with the puzzle is it is so popular I can never get it put away for more than a few minutes. Once taken apart, the kids want to put it together again." You can find this fire truck puzzle on Amazon by clicking here.

Quality jigsaw puzzles definitely make a TOP-RATED GIFT idea for the children in your life. Start them out early and they might just develop a life long love of jigsaw puzzling. You can see Amazon's complete collection of Melissa and Doug puzzles by clicking here

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Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Sets

Loved the idea. Hot Wheels and Mega Bloks combined. It took a while but on March 29, 2012, it was announced that Hot Wheels had agreed to work with Mega Bloks on the creation of building toys themed around the most famous car sets of them all. Mega Bloks said that the Hot Wheels sets would center around "performance, stunts and cool cars" and they do. They arrived in stores in 2013.

Mega Bloks commented, "We are thrilled to join forces with Mega Bloks to create the first Mega Bloks building sets based on Barbie and Hot Wheels" and I am sure they were. Who wouldn't want to work with Hot Wheels, one of Mattel's most recognized brands? However, MEGA Bloks is also a very well-known manufacturer who creates a line of building toys that are thought to be "innovative, well-designed, affordable and quality products." Together, they make a fun package...

Who Will Love These Sets?

  • Boys and girls who love building blocks, since cars can be created over and over again.
  • Boys and girls who love playing with cars, since they are designed to be played with once built.
  • Children aged 5 and up.
  • Adults who like building...and destroying, LOL.

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Race Set

Arguably the best set and definitely the most popular set on Amazon, is this Super Stunt Facility set, which allows you to build eight different race cars, taking them apart and creating new ones as many times as your imagination allows.

Mega Bloks Super Stunt Test Facility

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Stunt Test Facility is a fabulous set that allows your builder to create a super stunt test facility for his cars. See it in action for yourself in this video:

Mega Bloks Turbo Tubes 

Add on to the stunt set or any set with the Mega Bloks Turbo Tubes, as mentioned in the video. Each of which contains a car with a name like the one shown here, Bone Shaker or Fast Fish, Twinduction and Twin Mill III.

Naturally, these cars will combine with all of the other Mega Bloks Hot Wheels sets.  If you are interested in learning more, you can see all of Amazon's complete collection of Mega Bloks Hot Wheels sets by clicking here.

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This article was originally written in 2012 and appeared on another website.

The Art of Tron Legacy by Justin Springer

The Art of Tron Legacy by Justin Springer
The Art of Tron: Legacy by Justin Springer is a beautiful, 160-page look into the art and design of the 2010 movie, Tron: Legacy. It shares illustrations of the concepts, set designs, biographies of characters, pictures from the movie and an afterword by Joseph Kosinski who directed the movie. It is a well-put together, colorful book making it a TOP-RATED GIFT IDEA for anyone who is a Tron fan.

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