Archive for February, 2016

papaI do not have a strong sweet tooth, but when I have sweets, I want the best – like the fine crafted candies from the fine folks at papabubble New York (the small cap “p” is part of their brand). Try the Salty Licorice.

About papabubble New York:

“papabubble New York is all about artistic and innovative sweets that are handmade with love. Our candy makers are highly skilled artists and are graduates of some of the finest art institutes in the United States. papabubble New York is, in fact, an artisan candy making academy, where we train aspiring candy artists in the intricacies of working in the medium of molten sugar. Here we convey the passion of candy making while teaching and reinforcing the techniques of sculpted design.”

Visit papabubble New York’s online shop here.

Learn more about papabubble New York here.

FF: The Bonfire Log from EcoForrest

ff1OK, this is the best thing to come to your fireplace since the Duraflame log – the Bonfire Log from EcoForrest.

About the Bonfire Log from EcoForrest: “The Bonfire Log is new, unique, and the most extraordinary innovation in firewood of our time. Put it virtually anywhere and create a beautiful bonfire with one match. No chemicals, just pure kiln dried beautiful white birch, with a paperboard firestarter, with its patent pending design, delivers a great fire and an instant good time. The Bonfire burns more than 1.5 hours, while the Bonfire Jumbo goes for about 2.5 hours. Both can be enjoyed in a fire pit, chimnea, or fireplace, indoors or out. Take them camping, cook marshmallows or hotdogs on a stick, or drop a frying pan on the log for eggs. It’s year round instant entertainment, never easier or ‘cooler.’”

Learn more about the Bonfire Log from EcoForrest.

Learn more about EcoForrest Firewood here.

FF: Bubi Bottles – the BPA Free Reusable Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle

ff2I am still searching for the perfect water bottle – but my search may be over now that I found Bubi Bottles, really cool BPA Free Reusable Collapsible Silicone Water Bottles.

About Bubi Bottles: “Are you ready to enjoy the freedom of using a truly SAFE water bottle and when you’re done… simply roll it up and stow it easily? Well, meet the bübi bottle! Made from silicone, bübi is both BPA-free and Microbial-free, and can be frozen as well as placed over a fire to boil water or soup. It was designed to be fashionable, with a huge array of colors to choose from (or mix-and-match), as well as essential for the rugged outdoorsy types. Imagine taking this unique, packable silicone water bottle to the gym, camping, while traveling or to school, or to even feed a baby – and when you’re done – just roll it up and put it away, ready to refill when necessary. Great for completely waterproof storage of your valuables too!”

Learn more about Bubi Bottles here.

linusI am a goner. Or at least the space in my garage is a goner as I have fallen in love with the Rover Urban Cruiser from the fine folks at Linus Bikes. The space is a goner because I already have two perfectly fine (actually awesome) bikes and the last I heard I can only ride one at a time. But a boy can dream, right?

About the Rover from Linus Bikes:

“Our new Urban Cruiser was designed with the elegant lines and dignified profile you’ve come to expect from Linus, but on big 29er wheels that glide over curbs, pot holes, and downed telephone poles. When you’re not conquering urban chaos, it also makes for a very comfortable and uniquely stylish ride along boardwalks and country roads. There’s really no place the Rover can’t go.”

Find the Rover from Linus Bikes here.

Learn more about Linus Bikes here.

LPI think when I featured the memoir I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend by Mr. Martin Short as my Weekly Read, I may have said that no one has made me laugh more in the last few decades than he. If there is a female version of Mr. Short it is Ms. Andrea Martin and her memoir, Lady Parts, confirmed it for me.

I have loved Ms. Martin since I first saw her on SCTC back in the day and fell more in love with her a couple of years ago when I was honored to see her Tony Award-winning turn in the revival of Pippin on Broadway. So I picked up her book with great expectations and I was rewarded with a candid, brave, and supremely funny collection of tales.

About Lady Parts by Andrea Martin: “A hilarious, entertaining, and often moving memoir, from the multiple Tony and Emmy-awarding winning actress and comedienne, and SCTV alum, Andrea Martin. Whether lighting up the small screen in her new TV series, Working the Engels, on NBC, or stealing scenes on the big screen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, or starring on the stage in her recent Tony award winning role as Berthe in Pippin, Andrea Martin has long entertained audiences with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances. Martin has worked stages, sets and even trapezes across North America, playing to houses packed with adoring fans, all of whom instantly recognize the star who has entertained us for nearly forty years. In Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts, Martin, for the first time, shares her fondest remembrances of a life in show business, motherhood, relationships, no relationships, family, chimps in tutus, squirrels, and why she flies to Atlanta to get her hair cut. Martin opens up her heart in a series of eclectic, human, always entertaining and often moving essays. Lady Parts will make you giggle and may make you cry. This is a powerful collection of stories by a woman with a truly storied life.”

Reading Ms. Martin’s life reflections made me realize that despite recognition that she is a comic genius and despite the great honors bestowed her, she is tragically underrated.

Lady Parts by Andrea Martin is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

moleOk, I don’t even know where to start with today’s find – the fine folks at First, I love notebooks, so how can I not love a place called Second, may not be the prettiest website ever, but they have a great collection of notebooks and related items that if you are someone like me you may never leave the house again.

About “Family owned is dedicated to the perfect analog companion: the paper notebook. Husband and Wife team Jeroen and Sara believe in the Love in Lovenotebooks and are committed to helping you find a paper journal, guest book, day planner or notepad, that will be a delight to write in and of superior quality and value. is the only online store in the USA and Canada to carry the entire Paperblanks collection of Journals Planners Guestbooks and Accordion Organizers. is the place for that hard to find Paperblanks journal or planner. Lovenotebooks offers large selections of the world’s most respected brands of notebooks and day planners: From France we offer the world’s best notepad: Rhodia, known for its silky smooth paper from French Paper mills.”

Of course I love Lovenotebooks’ collection of Moleskin products

…and you have to love a sale – find some great deals on Lovenotebooks’ sale page.

Check out all the coolness that is here.


Ok, this is seriously the best find ever to celebrate Presidents’ Day…

…the Presidents of the United States Collection from the fine folks at PEZ, part of their Educational Series:


Find the Presidents of the United States Collection from PEZ here.

See all the great treats from PEZ here.


I recently posted about my attempt to grow paper white flowers. I am pleased to report that my little bulbs have sprouted and it looks like I will be successful.