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The Card And Vine – Etsy Shop


Here comes another Sunday… And as you all already know, my favorite weekend activity is browsing lovely shops on Etsy! I can’t say enough times how much I love this platform! I can spend all day long there looking for something perfect for me or even something to buy my friends for their birthdays.

I plan to buy most of the Christmas presents for my friends and family there so that everyone gets something unique and special. And I am sure they will love it! That is not so unusual since you can find all kind of beautiful and unique things on Etsy – with very reasonable prices.

So, if you’re still not buying things on Etsy – go there and help some independent artist and vintage sellers to earn some money.

The Card and Vine – Etsy Shop

card and vine etsy shop

The Etsy shop I want to talk to you about today is The Card And Vine, a shop where you will find essential oil blends, meditation balms, lotion bars and much more – truly something for everyone. The shop owner is lovely Theresa from Maryland and with her products she wants to offer inspiration, enlightenment, joy, and empowerment to every client’s life.

” I began to study aromatherapy and herbalism in earnest, and am currently enrolled in correspondence courses to supplement my increasingly large library of books. Combine that with my scholar’s eye for traditional uses, a potion master’s heart and love of the concoction, and a dab of magic from my Tarot studies, and you’ll get The Card and Vine!”

I know I will be buying from this awesome shop for Christmas. I know my sister will love aromatherapy kit of essential oil blends. What about you? What is your favorite product from The Card And Vine shop? Share your favorites in the comments section!


Keepin’ it Made in America


Wait a minute, children’s clothing made in America? You and I both know that in this day and age its increasingly difficult to find any products made in the U.S.A. especially clothing. Say Aloha to this wonderful company that make children’s, as well as adult Hawaiian clothing, right here in the U.S.A.

hawaian shirts for kids

They appear to be a mom and pop company, which means the products are good quality. The website primarily sells Hawaiian shirts for men as well as women and a smaller selection for children. Nonetheless the clothing looks really nice and is probably well made. Wave Shoppe says their clothing is made in Hawaii and in California. And the prices are much, lower than a Tommy Bahama or Reyn Spooner shirt. Just about everyone’s parents wore one at one time or another.

Seriously, the mens Hawaiian shirts from Wave Shoppe are sized from small all the way up to luau sizes like 5X and the variety of designs available are almost endless. There are lots of shirts with different types of  birds and flower, cars, and even one with pinup girls.

The womens Hawaiian clothing has everything from tropical print dresses with an array of designs as well as some really nice long rayon dresses. Having said that, the ladies section has beautiful blouses as well as muumuus which go way back in Hawaiian history.

Of course you may be asking yourself, where do people usually wear Hawaiian clothing? Especially if you don’t get a lot of summer weather that supports outside Hawaiian parties. You often have to get creative, build an indoor tiki bar (or invite yourself to a friends tiki bar). You could do a tropical themed lunch with your friends or even invite all the neighborhood luau birthday party, children love all the colors and decorations.

Maybe you prefer to travel, I am sure that the destinations where this type of clothing would fit in well is pretty expensive. Figi, Costa Rica, Florida Keys, or the Hawaiian islands anyone?

You can wear shirts and tropical dresses just about anywhere. Keep in mind that dresses such as muumuus are standard attire for events such as the Ukulele festival on the island of Oahu or the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hawaii. I would imagine that Wave Shoppe sells everything you would ever need for such a grand Hawaiian event in Hilo.


Custom Mousepads on Etsy – MousePad Center Shop


Here comes another weekend… And as you all already know, my favorite weekend activity is browsing lovely shops on Etsy! I can’t say enough times how much I love this platform! I can spend all day long there looking for something perfect for my daughter or my friends. I even plan to buy most of the Christmas presents for my friends and family there. And I am sure they will love it! That is not so unusual since you can find all kind of beautiful and unique things on Etsy – with very reasonable prices.

So, if you’re still not buying things on Etsy – go there and help some independent artist and vintage sellers to earn some money.

Custom Mousepads on Etsy – MousePad Center Shop

Custom Mousepads on Etsy - Mouse Pad Center Shop

The Etsy shop I want to talk to you about today is MousePad Center. I was looking for some unique mousepads for my husband and I stumbled upon this awesome shop. I can just say “wow”! The shop owner is lovely Vesna from Croatia, a great little Mediterranean country in the southern part of Central Europe.

” Since 2002 I have been running a local store in my hometown manufacturing handmade custom mouse pads. Over the years, I have developed my own techniques which distinguish my mouse pads from my competition and allow my finished product to be of a superior quality and durability.”

Her shop offers great variety of custom mousepads. Each custom mousepad is 100% handmade using high quality base materials which puts them in a different class from most of the similar “handmade” products available. These awesome mouse pads not only feature brilliant colors and clear images; they have hard waterproof coating that can be cleaned easily, so makes them a longer lasting product.

I know I will be buying few of them for Christmas. What about you?



Best Star Wars Books 2016


We are all grown up on Star Wars movies and now with the latest reboot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story our kids are growing with the same Star Wars characters. All the movies are really short 🙂 so we soon switch to animated Star Wars tv series but even that finishes fast leaving us wanting more. So, what to do if you just can’t get enough of Star Wars characters, ships, history?

We prepared this list of best Star Wars books 2016 which will get you deeper in Star Wars history.


Best Star Wars Books 2016


Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

It’s pretty much a behind the scenes on everything that was set up to happen in the movie prequels, and it goes to some dark places. Plagueis is there, experimenting on people and corpses, and takes on Palpatine as his sith apprentice, to climb the ranks of galactic politics in his place, while he funds the republic’s destruction. During this time, Palpatine adopts and trains Darth Maul in a secret facility on Coruscant, and we also get to see the beginnings of Count Dooku’s fall to the dark side. Awesome read.





Star Wars: Darth Maul, Shadow Hunter (Star Wars – Legends)

After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down. One of best star wars books.





Cloak of Deception (Star Wars)

Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in bureaucracy, the Galactic Republic is crumbling. In the outlying systems, where the Trade Federation maintains a stranglehold on shipping routes, tensions are boiling over?while back in the comfort of Coruscant, the hub of civilized space and seat of the Republic government, few senators seem inclined to investigate the problem. And those who suspect Supreme Chancellor Valorum of having a hand in the machinations are baffled?especially when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi foil an assassination attempt on the Chancellor.




Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

It’s only a 400-page novelization of the movie, but it’s so well done. The language that the author uses in this work is haunting, the imagery he’s able to weave is of a dark, cold string of events near the end of wartime. A legitimate Greek tragedy. Star Wars at its finest – one of best star wars books!






Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Did you want to see more of Vader in the suit, around the time of ROTS? This is the one you want. It picks up directly after the events of III. The Empire is settling in for its new reign, Wookies are enslaved to help build the Death Star… and Anakin is sent to personally execute a handful of Jedi who managed to survive Order 66. Lots of beheadings and amputations in this one.





Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1)

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel, a cortosis miner, vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, a far greater destiny awaits him.





Aftermath: Star Wars (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy)

aking place several months after the battle of Endor, the books shows that the Empire is losing, but by no means defeated, even as the Rebellion transitions into the New Republic and attempts to create a stable democracy in a war-torn galaxy. While the main plot focuses on new Republic hero, Wedge Antilles’s capture by the Empire and his liberation by fellow New Republic operatives, the book also features brief chapters and discussions about the state of the universe, with mentions to Han and Chewbacca, a scene with Luke Skywalker, and the beginnings of a cult-like following for Darth Vader.




Star Wars: The Old Republic – Revan (Star Wars: The Old Republic – Legends)

One thousand years before Anakin Skywalker was born, Darth Bane joined the Sith’s Brotherhood of Darkness and created the Rule of Two: One Sith master shall embody power, and one Sith apprentice will crave it. This launches the brutal, often lethal tension between master and apprentice that is later played out between Darth Vader and Darth Sidious. But before Bane can gain all the knowledge and power of the Sith, he must first select an apprentice—and defeat the rest of the Sith lords.





Star Wars: Red Harvest

Star Wars horror story set in the ancient, old republic times. What’s not to love? Plus the cover art is absolutely phenomenal.





Star Wars – The Thrawn Trilogy (3 Book Series)

The Heir to the Empire series is a must read. Timothy Zahn created a very nice post-ROTJ universe with a host of new characters. Grand Admiral Thrawn and Mara Jade to name two. One of best Star Wars Books with a great stroy. New Star Wars characters will get you  hooked to the story where you will not be able to stop reading.




Hot Toys List – Kids Toys for Christmas 2016

Chrismas shopping season is just around the corner. I have a feeling that this year Christmas came faster than ever. And that means holiday toys for our precious little ones. Picking between all baby toy brands and different models of the same toy can be a daunting task. So we are bringing you our list of kids toys for Christmas 2016.


Hot Toys List – Kids Toys for Christmas 2016

Despicable Me Minion Dave

Everyone’s favorite gift and is one of top baby toy brands. This was the birthday gift for my 3-year-old girl and she LOVES it! Dave’s chatter is hilarious and sounds just like a real deal. Comes wrapped in a plastic bag inside a brown cardboard box. Not a colorful packaging but well protected and clean. I would buy this version of talking Dave again. You can check out our full Minion Dave review here.






Little Live Pets Snuggles

Hi! I’m Snuggles, your Dream Puppy! I move and feel just like a real puppy. Hold me in your arms and give me a hug. You won’t be able to resist my big blue expressive eyes. Feed me with my bottle and I’ll fall asleep in your arms and dream about you! Feel her snuggle into your arms as you pick her up! She looks and moves so real. Make her your own and give her a home. He is definitely one of the best kids toys for Christmas 2016.





Selfie Mic Music Set

With just a little creativity and this fun set, you can have fun singing to and recording yourself thanks to SelfieMic. Using the enclosed selfie-stick and pic you can connect to your phone and begin singing and recording, making your own video and then easily share it with your fans and through social media. I also love the fact that SelfieMic encourages you to share your videos with them, and who knows?





Play-Doh Mega Pack (36 Cans)

There’s almost no limit to what your little ones will imagine and create with the Play-Doh Mega Pack! With 36 bright colors to choose from – pink, brown, green, red and on and on – the Play-Doh Mega Pack has almost every color in the rainbow. Let the creativity begin. Maybe this can go on your Christmas gift list.





Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber

Every Star Wars fan needs a lightsaber or two! This electronic, Jedi Master Lightsaber lights up and makes sounds just like in the movies. Although fun on its own, this lightsaber really shines when the lights go out. This makes almost every kids toys for Christmas list.





Learning Resources  Piece Beginners Building Activity  96 Per Set

Beginner’s building set provides the perfect way to introduce children to building toys. Sturdy plastic gear pieces easily snap together and are compatible with all Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! building sets. Set encourages creativity while building fine motor skills in hands-on construction play.





Disney Frozen Fever Singing Elsa Doll

Sing along with Elsa from Disney’s Frozen Fever! This enchanting Elsa doll is dressed in her new Spring inspired fashions and performs her signature song, “Making Today A Special Day”, from the new Disney Frozen short. Elsa charms in her pink floral pattern dress in glitter cape and delicate flower in her hair. Simply press the flower button on her bodice and let the magic unfold. Disney is one of the top baby toy brands.





iGuy Freestanding Case for iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and iPad 1, Mango Orange

iGuy the free-standing foam case for iPad and iPad 3 with tons of personality! Every bit protective as he is a blast to use, iGuy is the perfect iPad accessory for kids and grownups alike. He’s lightweight, easy to hold, and he can stand on his own two feet, even while holding up your iPad. Definitely Hot Toys List – Kids Toys for Christmas 2016






Step2 Upscale Party Time Kitchen

Upscale compact design with bi-level, three-side play combines the preparation, presentation, and dining experience all in one with popular gender neutral colors. This accurately detailed kitchen has numerous activities and a 33pc accessory set to encourage multi-child play, including four realistic electronic features: microwave, stove top, phone, and overhead light.





Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic

Engage in galactic fun with the Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Droid, which features a remote control that commands the droid and initiates over 1,000 action combinations for never-ending fun. R2-D2 will respond to you with voice-activated talking and his head turns during entertaining sound effects. With the push of a button, have the droid move forward, backward, left or right and watch the robot turn in any direction for ultimate interactive excitement.





Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Meet BB-8 – the app-enabled Droid that’s as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot – an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings. Hottest toys this Christmas according to amazon is this BB-8 robot.





Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

Battle and race the Supercars of the future in Anki OVERDRIVE. Using your mobile device, take command of real robotic Supercars on epic battlefields you construct in seconds. Challenge friends in a variety of game modes, or go head-to-head with AI controlled Commanders in a quest to become a champion of the Anki OVERDRIVE Tournament. On the road to victory kick your skills into overdrive by customizing your Supercar’s speed, weapons, and defenses through in-game upgrades. Can this make your holiday toys list?





Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter

Speeds up to 10 mph with up to 80 minutes of continuous use. Features a kick start, high-torque hub motor, push-button throttle, hand-operated front fender brake, urethane front wheel, and retractable kickstand. Recommended for ages 8 and up; supports riders up to 120 pounds.





Disney Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center

Kids can pretend to take care of their beloved pet friends and animals with the Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center.  Doc McStuffins is a six-year-old girl who communicates with and heals toys out of her backyard Clinic Playhouse. When she puts on her stethoscope, toys and dolls magically come to life and she is able to communicate with them. Doc McSuuffins is one of the popular Christmas toys.





VW Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Kids Pop-Up Play Tent

Not to be outdone by their parents, these new licensed T1 VW Camper Van Play Tents are just what every hip and happening kid needs! Perfect indoors and outdoors, these new mini-me are too cool for school.




FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon

From deep inside an enchanted forest, tucked away in a colorful crystal cave, is a mischievous baby that has come to find his new best friend. Torch is full of fun and surprises! Press his charm and he can breathe flame-colored mist. Feed him his color-change treat! He responds to touch with 50+ sound and motion combinations, too! There’s lots of fun that can happen when playing with this fun, furry pal.





Disney Sofia the First 9-Inch Princess Sofia Doll

Sofia the First is no ordinary princess! Born in the village of Enchancia, she must adapt to an extraordinary life of royalty when her mother marries the King. This large-scale Princess Sofia doll captures the loveable little girl princess in grand scale so girls can enjoy endless friendship and fun with their favorite princess! Sofia doll wears her signature purple gown, recognizable from the Disney Junior series. This enchanting figure will charm and delight any girl who has ever dreamed of becoming a princess – just like Sofia!







Fire Kids Edition Tablet, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB, Pink Kid-Proof Case

Fire Kids Edition starts in Amazon FreeTime, which is built from the ground up just for kids. The background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design, kids only see the titles that they have access to see, the home screen carousel shows their recently viewed titles, and they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics—for example “Elmo,” “Dinosaurs,” or “Puppies.” One of the hottest kids toys for Christmas.






Xbox One 1TB Console – Forza Motorsport 6 Bundle

This console bundle features a a full-game downloads of Forza Motorsport 6 and the Tenth Anniversary Car Pack.With racing-inspired design and features, the 1TB console combines iconic sports car styling with custom automotive sound effects.





Star Wars Millennium Falcon Model Kit

A legendary starship despite its humble origins and deceptively dilapidated exterior, the Millennium Falcon has factored into some of the Rebel Alliance’s  greatest victories over the Empire. Before Han Solo won it in a game of chance, it was owned by Lando Calrissian. Solo and first mate Chewbacca flew the  Millennium Falcon into cinematic history. This will enter your hot toys list for sure.

For those of you interested in buying books this year instead of Kids Toys for Christmas, check out our list of best books for toddlers.






Felted Dreams Studio – Handcrafted Wool Items On Etsy


I really love Etsy – even more than Pinterest, if that is possible. This is my favorite free time activity – browsing shops on Etsy! I can spend all my free time looking for something perfect for me or my daughter. Recently, I started looking for cool and unique Christmas presents for my friends family. And the things I found on Etsy are amazing. I am sure they will love it – everything is unique and handcrafted. So, if you are planning to start your Christmas shopping earlier this year – go on Etsy and help some independent artist and vintage sellers to earn some money so they can continue to make beautiful hand crafted items.

Felted Dreams Studio – Beautiful Handcrafted Wool Items On Etsy

wool items on etsy

The Etsy shop I want to talk to you about today is Felted Dreams Studio Shop. I can just say “wow, this is amazing”! Maybe the most beautiful wool items on Etsy. The shop owner is lovely Theresa, a really talented crafter and photographer.

I discovered crafting at the age of five, most likely in Kindergarden where I was given that luxury of creating with clay, making large beads and learning to string them with yarn. Through the years the crafts advanced to learning to sew, making pillows, embroidery, knitting~ Crafting and creating takes me away inside of myself where I find that being creative feeds my soul and creates peace.

Each item in this shop is unique, one of a kind! Each piece is hand crafted by Theresa, using fine quality materials. She uses 100 % fine wool from Etsy suppliers all over the world. You will find a beautiful home decor, center pieces, birthday banners, toddler’s slippers and much more. Everything is so beautiful, but check it out by yourself. Go to Theresa’s store and pick up your favorite product! You won’t be disappointed!