June 28, 2010

Test Drive

When my husband and I were dating, we would go test drive cars just for fun. We rode around in one nissan altima that I really liked. It was so smooth and comfortable. A few months ago, we decided to ride around in a nissan versa and I was really impressed with that model as well.

Another car that we drove around, merely for fun was the audi q7. It was a nice ride and everything but I can't really picture us going out and purchasing one.

My husband wanted to test drive a toyota tacoma so we took it out and it just reinforced the idea that we want a vehicle that sits up higher off the ground. I feel safer that way.

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Review & Giveaway: Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill


Chicago has become the Shapeshifters haven. The master Vampire, Ethan, who has been in Chicago for some time, has decided to all a truce with the Shapeshifters and their leader, Gabriel. Ethan even gave the Shapeshifting leader his newest vampire as a bodyguard and her name is Merit. This wasn't just done as a favor to the Shapeshifters, Ethan has a hidden agenda which is having Merit work as a spy. When Gabriel's life is in danger, Merit soon figures out that this is going to be a really tough job.

The really cool thing about this book is Merit. I was rooting for her throughout the whole book. She's a kick-ass chic with wits. Five stars!

Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill
Penguin Group (USA)
Chicagoland Vampires Series
9780451230645
July 6, 2010
368 pages
$15.00 US




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Watch

I could really use a nice watch. A lot of people I know are now using their cell phones to tell them the time but a lot of them also let their cell phone battery die and then they end up asking around to find out what time it is. Or they end up sitting their phone down somewhere and forgetting where they put it. I’m guilty of that too.

I really like the fact that watches can double as a fashion accessory. I want a watch that turns heads. I don't wear jewelry very often and I would feel a lot more comfortable wearing a traser h3 watch than wearing a tennis bracelet. I think my husband is the real reason I feel this way. He loves having a nice watch and whenever I look at his wrist, it looks nice because it's not bare.

My birthday is coming up and I'm thinking about asking for a gorgeous watch. I want one that is loud, like a bright red or purple. It would be really cool to get a watch that matches one of my purses. I want to be stylish and I always feel better when I get out of the house and feel put-together. What are your thoughts on watches and their style?

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June 27, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Unspeakable by Laura Griffin



Elaina knows what she wants to do with the rest of her life which is working as an FBI profiler.  Who could have guessed that her first case would be so overwhelming?  There's a serial killer on the loose and he just keeps getting nastier and nastier with each new murder. 

Elaina finds herself growing close to Troy, a true crime writer.  She's not sure why she is wasting time with this gorgeous player but the more time they spend together, the more Elaina likes him.  Can they work together to catch this maniac before he makes Elaina one of his unlucky victims?

This is the first book of Laura's that I've read and I'm hooked!  She's an amazing author!  The characters and the story captivated me.  Now I just need to get a hold of some more of her books. 

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
9781439152959
June 29, 2010
352 pages
$7.99 US




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Review: The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen


Sarah has no idea what it takes to be a spy. How can she possibly gain enough information to prove that the French duke, Julien is a traitor? If she doesn't do this though, her life will drastically change and she is determined to not let that happen.

At first, her only problem seems to be collecting evidence but as she gets closer to Julien, she realizes that her feelings for him are clouding the job she is supposed to complete. Will they be able to work past this and live happily ever after or will both of them be condemned to a life apart?

This is probably one of my favorite historical romances. The plot was amazing and Shana's writing technique kept me intrigued from beginning to end.

The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
9781402238659
June 1, 2010
384 pages
$6.99 US





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Giveaway: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

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* Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit
* Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department
* Focus on company culture as the #1 priority
* Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business
* Help employees grow-both personally and professionally
* Seek to change the world
* Oh, and make money too . . .

Sound crazy? It's all standard operating procedure at Zappos, the online retailer that's doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. After debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer in Fortune magazine's annual "Best Companies to Work For" list in 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion on the day of closing.

In DELIVERING HAPPINESS, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. Fast-paced and down-to-earth, DELIVERING HAPPINESS shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success-and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own.

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9780446563048
6/7/2010
272 pages
$23.99/$28.99




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Review: Saint Francis Couture

What girl doesn't like a new pair of shoes and a matching purse?  I love animal print styles but as an animal lover, I don't purchase animal print unless it's man made so to speak.  Tere, the creator of Saint Francis Couture is named after Saint Francis because he is the patron saint of animals.  "I thought the world needed some high fashion, moderately priced, comfortable, but sexy, shoes and accessories that were cruelty free," said Tere. "So I started drawing. Saint Francis must have helped me because I had no idea how to draw." 


 

I don't have the balance to wear heels.  I've tried and I end up looking like one of those klutzy girls who fall all over the place.  These gorgeous African Sandal Wedge is comfy and trendy all at the same time.  The open toe is nice because you can show off painted toenails.  The wedges look great with a pair of jeans or something dressy.  The thing that shocked me the most about these sandals is how comfortable they are.  Every lady needs a pair!

Rubber sole
2" wedge
Sizes: 6-12 in whole & half sizes
Price: $62.00




The African Clutch Bag is great for a girls night out.  It's small but practical.  Have you ever noticed that the bigger the purse is, the more useless stuff is in it?  I switched from a pretty large bag over to this purse and I realized how much stuff I didn't need to cart around with me everywhere I go.  I love the Saint Francis Couture Signature Noah's Arc Logo with Swarovski Crystal Accent.

Price: $54.00 
8" Wide X 5" Tall X 3" Deep
Removable shoulder strap goes from 24" to 48"            

By purchasing products from this company, you are giving to an animal welfare organization.



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Review: Grey Pine by T. Lloyd Winetsky


Phillip didn't have the picture perfect childhood. His father is in love with the bottle and his mom passed away. When Mount Saint Helen erupts, Philips first thought is to learn everything he can about this massive outburst as he can. The disaster hits home and from that point on he finds himself in situations he never could have fathomed.

Phillip is one of those characters that feels oh-so-real. He's the type of person that you can relate to and one who you can't help but like right off the bat. I give this book two thumbs up!

Langdon Street Press
320 pages 
$15.95 US







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June 25, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Children’s Literary Sensation Horrid Henry Heads to the Big Screen in Live Action 3D

(Naperville, IL)-Independent publisher Sourcebooks is thrilled to share the news that Horrid Henry, the title character in the global bestselling children’s chapter book series which has sold more than 16 million copies in 27 languages, is set to star in a 3D live-action film.

Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment have announced the production of a 3D live-action movie based on Novel’s hugely successful children’s property Horrid Henry. Vertigo, producers of Europe’s first 3D feature film and box office smash Street Dance 3D, will producer the live action feature with the same 3D team Paradise FX Europe. The film will be a co-production between Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment.

Nick Moore, the highly respected British director and editor, has been signed as the film’s director. Casting has already begun, with filming scheduled to take place during October and November this year. The film, to be shot entirely on location in the UK, is slated for release in 2011.

Sourcebooks is the North American publisher of the bestselling Horrid Henry children’s chapter book series, created by American-born author Francesca Simon. The company introduced Horrid Henry to U.S. readers last April and it was the #1 children’s chapter book launch of 2009. The latest release, Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman, is slated for publication in August 2010. Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman was the Galaxy British Book Award’s Best Children's Book of the Year in 2008 (the “Oscars” of the book world). Francesca Simon is the only American author ever to have won; past winners include JK Rowling.

The live-action 3D adventure stars Horrid Henry, Lord High Majesty of the Purple Hand Gang, as he wages his ever constant battle against the tyranny of adults. Although this time, it seems the adults are really out to get him, forcing him into an unlikely alliance with his irritating brother Perfect Peter and the infuriating girl next door, Moody Margaret.

Lucinda Whiteley, co-producer for Novel Entertainment and screenplay writer for the movie, says “We’re delighted to be bringing Henry to life, in the truest sense of the word-for so many kids Henry already exists, but seeing him up on the big screen gives them the chance to meet their hero face to face.”

Nick Moore’s directorial debut came on the teenage film Wild Child (2008) and he just finished working on the new Harrison Ford movie Morning Glory, to be release later this year. Moore received a Bafta nomination for Best Editing on The Full Monty, and has since edited a number of iconic British films including About A Boy, Notting Hill, Love Actually and Nanny McPhee.

Vertigo Films will also distribute in the UK with Protagonist Pictures taking international sales.

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Review & Giveaway: Stories: All-New Tales


Synopsis*

This astonishing collection of all-new tales by some of the most acclaimed writers at work today is called, simply, Stories. Edited by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Coraline) and Al Sarrantonio (award-winning author of forty books and editor of numerous collections), Stories presents never before published short works from a veritable Who's Who of contemporary literature—breathtaking inventions from the likes of Lawrence Block, Roddy Doyle, Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Stewart O'Nan, Chuck Palahniuk, Carolyn Parkhurst, Jodi Picoult, Peter Straub…and, of course, the inimitable Neil Gaiman himself.
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I love short stories that give me a sample of other authors writing style.
There have been several times that I have purchased a collection of short stories or an anthology and ended up getting hooked on some of the authors after reading one short piece.  One great thing about this book is that it covers a wide array of genres which kept my attention better than other books with short stories.  My favorites in this book were:

THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS by Neil Gaiman
THE KNIFE by Richard Adams
UNWELL by Carolyn Parkhurst
THE THERAPIST by Jeffery Deaver
THE CULT OF THE NOSE by Al Sarrantonio

I really enjoyed this book.  There were a few stories I could have done without, but other than that, it's a winner.  I give it 4 stars.

HarperCollins Publishers
9780061230929
June 15, 2010
428 pages
$27.99 US




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Sight

I can't believe how much a new pair of prescription eyeglasses are. I'm the type of person who goes through three or four pairs of glasses a year. I sit on a pair, stand on a pair and lose a pair. Everyone wants to save money but how much is your sight worth? I'm sure you have heard of Zenni Optical. They sell eyeglasses at low, low prices. I've been reading a really interesting forum about Zinni Optical. At first I thought it was a great idea but now I'm beginning to question myself. Sight is extremely important. While Zinni is more than budget friendly, are they really helping you at all? They want you to go to a professional eye doctor to get your Pupillary Distance (PD) with measures the distance between the pupils of your eyes. Why should an eye doctor give you this information if he is not making a profit? Also, everyone's face isn't the same. I have one ear that is up higher than the other. Because of this, I have to mess with glasses and sunglasses for a long time and I just have to hope that they'll fit right. If you purchase eyeglasses from a professional, they know how to work the glasses to fit perfectly on your face.

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June 24, 2010

Review: The Jagged Years of Ruthie J. by Ruth Simkin


Ruthie is the complete opposite of everyone in her family. She tells it like she sees it and does what she wants, when she wants. As a teen, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. At the time, epilepsy was thought to be a mental illness and her family sent her to Chestnut Lodge, a mental hospital. Her experience there is one of many nightmares. One of the doctors was crazy but there was one doctor that she clicked with and this doctor became a friend who helped Ruthie pick up the pieces in her life.

This book is one of the most heartfelt books I have ever read. I suffer from depression and I know how frustrating it can be. People ask you questions that you don't have the answers to. If you had the answers, you wouldn't be depressed. Anyway, I felt like Ruthie was a kindred spirit and through this book, I'm sure she will help a lot of people take the time to look inside themselves and realize that they are a survivor. We all may not go through the exact same things in life, but we have survived something and for that we should be thankful.

Ekstasis Editions
978-1897430545
March 8, 2010
215 pages
$24.95 US




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Review & Giveaway: Masked by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon


Synopsis*

IN THIS STUNNING FIRST BOOK FROM NANCY GIDEON’S SIZZLING NEW SERIES, A TENACIOUS COP AND HER SHAPE-SHIFTING ENEMY SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR FORBIDDEN DESIRE.

ALL SHE WANTS IS REVENGE.

New Orleans homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder. Using Jimmy Legere’s mysterious and irresistible right-hand man is a dangerous gamble, and not only due to his reputation as more monster than man. Because her feelings for Max Savoie are . . . complicated.

THEN HE RISKS HIS LIFE TO SAVE HERS.

Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max exists silently in Legere’s shadow, heeding only his voice—until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties. Stepping outside his cautious rules threatens more than just his heart. He could expose his darkest secret.

NOW THEY’RE BOTH IN OVER THEIR HEADS.

Testing boundaries they weren’t meant to cross means facing the truth about who and what they are—and what they need from each other. If Max is the murderer she seeks, Charlotte could be his next victim. She can’t afford to trust any man. Good thing Max isn’t one.

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This book was pretty hot. I stared at the cover forever! I enjoyed Nancy's approach on romance and her wording was superb. Most of all I liked the chemistry between the main characters.

Masked by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
May 25, 2010
400 pages
$7.99 US

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Penguin Books 75 Anniversary Celebration



As part of the Penguin Books 75th Anniversary Celebration Artist John Parot, winner of “The Book Challenge”, episode three of the new creative series on Bravo’s “Work of a Art: The Next Great Artist” will make a guest appearance at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California on June 30 at 7:00 pm.

John Parot won last night’s “cover challenge” with an original new look for the Penguin Classic, THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells. The book went on sale June 24 and costs $13. Parot will sign copies of his winning edition at the Vroman’s event.


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Review: The Souls of the Fire Dragon by John Wrieden


Description*

A dystopian world with an oppressive government controlled by the Patrician, its ruthless leader, and the Watchman - a secret police.

The Watchman Wreak Havoc...
A large poster near the Watchmen’s headquarters simply read, “THE WATCHMEN ARE WATCHING YOU!”

The House of Fate
Inside an old gothic mansion, Death meets with his father Fate. “Someone has cheated me,” Fate informs his son. Fate has a plan. “The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference. Wake up, Akea, and see the truth.”

The Power and the Fury
Akea was alone; no one could stop or control him. His released fury seemed limitless. A wave of energy rolled over the Watchmen, like energy from an atom bomb rolled up into a small white ribbon.

Akea and Argonath
Some distance ahead, Akea saw something. It looked like a house-sized boulder. On closer inspection, he realized it was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. Argonath, a dragon, sat watching the three men approach her.

The Cost of Freedom
Captain Seadak walked between the turrets and steadied his men. They hated this post, yet each one stood his ground, burying his fear.

“This is about our children having a home and knowing freedom. We stand here and fight for freedom. That is our glory. This is our time. I want all of you to fight like animals and as fearlessly as dragons. And, tomorrow our children will be free.”

*Copied from here.

Lately I have been all about sci-fi and fantasy. This book swept me off my feet and took me to another world. It's one of those books that you when you get to the last page you're mind starts replaying the whole book in your mind. John has a knack for fantasy and I'm sure he will be writing many more books as good as this one.

New Generation Publishing
9781907461491
January 24, 2010
372 pages
$13.99 US

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Giveaway: Babushka's Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder and Susan Campos



DON'T SPEND A FORTUNE TO LOOK FLAWLESS Esthetician to the stars Raisa Ruder learned her time-tested beauty techniques from her Ukrainian grandmother (or babushka, as they say in the old country). Now everyone can discover the all-natural, better-than-botox secrets the Hollywood stars use to shine on the red carpet! Ruder reveals her sought-after beauty recipes that can fight wrinkles, plump lips, and eliminate crow's feet and acne, using inexpensive, everyday grocery items like eggs, honey, vegetable oil and strawberries (and a splash of vodka for freshness!).
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Wellness Central
9780446555869
6/24/2010
208 pages
$15.99/$19.99






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Review & Giveaway: Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens


I have suffered from digestive problems for a really long time. I was in a lot of pain a couple of years ago and I had a lot of tests run. I have Irritable Bowel, signs of Celiac Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and I had my gallbladder removed. After taking medications, Irritable Bowel and GERD symptoms were manageable. At that time I was in so much pain and I just knew that something was wrong and that I needed to have my gallbladder removed. After several tests, I was still told that my gallbladder was fine. I understand that doctors are knowledgeable but I know my body better than anyone else. Finally, I had a laparoscopy done and my gallbladder removed immediately. The day after my surgery, I was sore and everything but I still felt better than I had the previous month. A similar thing happened with my appendix years ago as well. The tests showed that everything was fine but as soon as they got in my belly and got up close and personal with my organs, they realized that I knew what I was talking about when I said I wanted it removed.

Anyway, after all of this trouble, I am trying to do everything I can to be better to my body and give it all of the nutrients it needs. Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens is a great way to get "2600mg of Organic Flax & Organic Flax Lignans per serving, rich in ALA Omega 3 fatty acids".  Plus, this antioxidant contains ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) which you most likely do not get on your own.  

I don't normally like drinking things that sound really healthy unless it's water or juice. I wouldn't say that this product tastes amazing but it's not horrible, especially if you want to keep yourself healthy.

About:

* Antioxidant Natural Greens supports nutrition, digestion, circulation & immunity.*
* Antioxidant Natural Greens contains 2600mg Organic Flax & Organic Flax Lignans per serving, rich in ALA Omega 3
* Antioxidant Natural Greens provides dark green plants, herbs, spices, natural food concentrates, and nutritious fruits and vegetables to help meet your daily requirements.
* Antioxidant Natural Greens supplies a rich blend of totally natural vitamins, minerals, plant enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and symbiotic intestinal flora for optimal energy metabolism, digestion, detoxification, and immune enhancement.*

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Flavors: Mint and Berry
All Natural - No Preservatives or MSG



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Review & Giveaway: Wrong by David Freedman


Description*

Our investments are devastated, obesity is epidemic, test scores are in decline, blue-chip companies circle the drain, and popular medications turn out to be ineffective and even dangerous. What happened? Didn't we listen to the scientists, economists and other experts who promised us that if we followed their advice all would be well? Actually, those experts are a big reason we're in this mess. And, according to acclaimed business and science writer David H. Freedman, such expert counsel usually turns out to be wrong--often wildly so.
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There is so much information in this book that make you really start to think about what "experts" say.  I have always been leery about the information I receive from doctors and other professionals.  Like so many things in life, there is never a clear cut answer.  It all depends on interpretation.  I liked having my thoughts reinforced with David's book.

Little, Brown and Company
9780316023788
6/10/2010
304 pages
$25.99/$31.99

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Bathrooms

Have you ever thought about how much time people spend in the bathroom?  That's where we get cleaned up, fix our hair, put on makeup, etc.  There are two rooms in the house that I think should be the cleanest.  One is the kitchen and the other is the bathroom.  Being able to get ready in front of a vanity makes it so much easier to get ready.   Everything has it's own place.


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Review: Office Supplies from CSN

I am seriously a HUGE fan of CSN Stores. They have everything! When I received an email telling me that I could review their products, I was really happy. I decided to stock up on office supplies. Working from home is great and I had been wanting to set up a system with the right tools. Now I have them!

If you ask me, organization is key.  Before receiving the following products, I felt frazzled.  I did have a system but it was a lot harder to keep track of everything.  Here are some of the items I received.  (If you would like to see more, go here.)

The Rolodex Mesh Pencil Cup Organzer with 4 Compartments is the perfect home for my pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, paper clips and post-it notes.  Everything has it's own little place which makes working a lot easier.  I really like the mesh design, it looks really good on my desk.

Desktop organizer
4 1/2 inches deep
9.33 inches wide
3.90 inches tall
$16.19


The Pentel R.S.V.P. BallPoint Pens are my favorite pens! I received a pack with assorted colors and now every time I go to write something, I feel like a kid who just got new school supplies.  I love the way my handwriting looks. 

Colors: black, blue, green, orange, pink, red, sky blue, violet
Visible Ink Supply
Latex-Free Comfort Zone
$7.09









Sharpie Accent Liquid Pen Style Highlighters are amazing! I received an assorted pack of these as well and I use different colors to represent different stages my reviews are in. I love them!

Colors: berry, blue, coral, fluorescent green, fluorescent orange, Fluorescent Pink, Fluorescent Yellow, Indigo, Purple, Red
AP Certified Nontoxic
10 pens for $11.99

I prefer red pens when I'm making corrections, so I asked for Paper Mate Stick Ballpoint Pens in red.  I'm glad I did because I have gone through a lot of paperwork trying to get myself more organized and these pens came in handy.  The ink smeared a few times and it there were times I had to go over some of my writing but other than that, they're good pens.

$1.49 for 12







The BIC Mark-it Retractable Permanent Markers in assorted colors write perfectly to label my binders and file folders.  These markers are wonderful because they write neatly thanks to the micro chisel tip. 

Colors: black, blue, green, red
AP Certified Nontoxic
4 for $2.69



I'm using Universal Manila File Folders to organize my papers from the past.  Each month I pull out what I don't need any longer and put the important papers into their designated folder.  They're thick so they don't rip easily.  I like that the bottom can be expanded.  I'm really glad I got them.

Letter
1/3 cut 
100 in a box
$6.49


I also received some Envirotec Colored Hanging File Folders in assorted colors so that I could color code my blog paperwork and important documents. They are so pretty!  They are also 100% recycled which makes me happy. 

Colors: evergreen, imperial gold, royal blue, ruby red and warm violet
Tab Cut: 1/5
Recycled
Letter Size
$13.49

  


I had to have printer paper, so I picked out 500 sheets of my favorite Hewlett Packard Multipurpose Copy/Laser/Inkjet Paper.  It works like a dream.  The ink comes out perfectly whether I'm printing a black and white coupon or a picture of my nephew.  I've actually printed a few pictures of him on this paper and put it in a frame.  You can't tell that it's not photo paper.



Disclosure: I received these products free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.









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