Archive for October, 2018

I have posted about LovePop cards before and I can’t oversell how great they are. I send them to people all the time for special occasions and they rave about them. Seriously, these cards are works of art and have to be seen to be appreciated. LovePop have all manner of cards for every possibly occasion, but today I am highlighting their Halloween Collection.

About the Halloween Collection from LovePop:

“Celebrate this spooky holiday with this 5-pack of Halloween-themed cards! Send these cards to your coworkers and bring a smile to their face or gift it to friends who have birthdays during the creepiest time of the year!”

Find the Halloween Collection from LovePop here.

See all the great designs from LovePop here.

FF: The 7 Year Big Boom Bourbon from SD Strong Distilling

I found another great bourbon in my own backyard, from Parkville, MO – just outside Kansas City. The 7 Year Big Boom Bourbon from the fine folks at SD Strong Distilling.

About the 7 Year Big Boom Bourbon from SD Strong Distilling:

“Endurance and innovation.  These are the hallmarks of Park University.  In 1875, Park was founded to educate the young people of what was then part of America’s frontier.  Students quarried the limestone used to construct the 125-year old Mackay Hall, the physical embodiment of Park’s long-standing commitment to transforming lives through accessible, student-centered, quality higher education. Carefully developed by S.D. Strong Distilling in a cave beneath the Park University campus, the 7 Year Big Boom Bourbon epitomizes endurance and innovation as well.  Reserve your bottle today.  When it arrives in 2025, we welcome you to join us in toasting a great collaboration and a historic 150-year educational journey.”

Learn more about 7 Year Big Boom Bourbon from SD Strong Distilling here.

FF: The Kansas City Whiskey from J. Rieger & Co.

Meanwhile, even close to home, right in Kansas City, the fine folks at J. Rieger & Co. produced the very nice Kansas City Whiskey.

About the Kansas City Whiskey from J. Rieger & Co.:

“Our Kansas City Whiskey is a blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Light Corn Whiskey, and Straight Rye Whiskey, all aged at least 4 years, as well as a small amount of 15 year old Oloroso Sherry from the Williams & Humbert Bodega in Jerez. Bottled at 92 proof, Kansas City Whiskey is well-balanced, smooth, and slightly sweet. It’s beautiful when served neat or on the rocks, but also works well in classic Bourbon – or Rye-based cocktails such as the Horsefeather, Manhattan and Old Fashioned.”

Learn more about the Kansas City Whiskey from J. Rieger & Co. here.

These awesome little ghosts are the perfect accent for your Halloween décor, heck they would look great all year round. I found them available from the fine folks at More & Co.

About the Ceramic Ghosts from More & Co.:

“These little guys were created with the idea that every object in nature has a soul. It is wonderful to have one or more of these friendly souls, or ghosts, in your living space. They are useful and charming – the perfect small friend to have around. The earthenware ghosts are a collaboration between Studio Arhøj and Danish ceramic artist Louise Gaarmann. Each ghost is unique and sold individually.”

Find the Ceramic Ghosts from More & Co. here.

See all the fine products from More & Co. here.

I have used the groundbreaking research of Brené Brown many times in my day job coaching executives on communication. Specifically, her work on vulnerability and how it is an important part of a great leadership style. Now, in her new book, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Brené Brown makes my job much easier by providing the perfect primer for anyone looking to lead – in business and in life.

About Dare to Lead by Brené Brown: “Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential. When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work. But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.”

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown is available from Amazon and other fine bookseller everywhere.


Just in time for all the great autumn get togethers – I have found the Charcuterie Sampler from the fine folks at Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market. The collection includes: Finocchiona, a fennel salami; Cacciatorini; Tartufo, Truffle salami; and Abruzesse.

About the Charcuterie Sampler from Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market:

“All natural, humanely raised pork salami made the true Old World way, naturally air dried, not cooked or heat treated, and best of all no nitrates or nitrite. This charcuterie samapler is gluten & dairy free. Now you can try each of our most popular dry cured salami.”

About the Charcuterie Sampler from Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market.

Visit Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market online here.

Good olive oils are like fine wines – they vary in flavor and texture from region to region. Sure, Italy has long been the epicenter of fine olive oils, but I love exploring oils from other countries. Like the Arbequina Olive Oil from Chile – I found from the fine folks at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars.

About the Arbequina Olive Oil from Fiore:

“A blend of early harvested & ripe fruit, these characteristics make this EVOO quite bitter, pungent & very fruity with a dominant aroma & taste of ripe apple. Also enjoy green apple, artichoke, nettle & black pepper flavors.”

Find the Arbequina Olive Oil from Fiore here.

See all the fine Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars from Fiore here.

Believe it or not, today is our 9th birthday. Yes, nine years ago today we made our very first post. Who would have thought we would still be here bringing you (mostly) daily finds? Well, we hoped we would keep it going, and thanks to you, we have. Thanks for nine great years! And as we enter our tenth year, we look forward to bring you more amazing finds from near and far. So stay tuned!






FF: Devils River Whiskey

Don’t mess with Texas, the fine folks at Dallas-based Devils River Whiskey make a mighty fine bourbon. Kentucky who?

About Devils River Whiskey:

“Devils River Whiskey, a premium whiskey company based in Dallas, Texas, is committed to creating bold whiskey. Devils River Whiskey stands apart from the competition because of its use of the purest water in Texas at the heart of the production process. This whiskey captures the spirit of the water it draws its name from, with bold flavors at the heart of each sip.”

Learn more about Devils River Whiskey here.

FF: Stumpy’s Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon

Meanwhile over in Missouri, the fine folks at Stumpy’s Spirit Co. are producing a pretty good bourbon themselves, their very fine Old Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon.

About Stumpy’s Old Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon:

“Old Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon is crafted from our signature blend of corn, winter wheat, and barley malt and aged in charred Missouri oak barrels. We only use grain grown on our 8th generation family farm in Columbia, IL and fresh limestone well water to ensure we produce the highest quality spirit possible. Each barrel is individually tasted and selected for bottling to make sure only the best bourbon makes it into each bottle.”

Learn more about Stumpy’s Old Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon here.

At this point in time, America seems divided like no other time in our lifetimes. Every day there is another issue that exposes the divisions even more. Which makes this the perfect time to remember that America, of the American Experiment, is still unfolding and is only a couple of hundred years old. It is also perfect timing for an ambitious, concise, one volume history of America, like These Truths – A History of America by award-winning historian Jill LePore.

About These Truths – A History of America by Jill LePore: “Written in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas – ‘these truths,’ Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise? These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them.”

As bad as thing may seem in the political realm of our nation right now, America and being an American is much more than these divides. These Truths reminds us what it means to be an American and even maybe why our divisiveness is part of who we are.

These Truths – A History of America by Jill LePore is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.


The fine folks at Philadelphia’s Di Bruno Bros. are well known for their awesome selection of cheeses, which is great for satiating part of our charcuterie obsession. Lucky for us, they also offer a great line of cured meats AND they ship nationwide.

About Di Bruno Bros. of Philadelphia:

“We provide extraordinary food experiences, inspired by our legacy. Also, we just really love cheese. We are a pioneering specialty food retailer and importer that began with a modest shop in the now-iconic South Philadelphia Italian Market in 1939; today, we employ more than 350 proud team members and have evolved into a community-driven enterprise with our five retail locations, catering, import and e-commerce divisions.”

Learn more about the cheeses from Di Bruno Bros. here.

Learn more about the cured meats from Di Bruno Bros. here.

Visit Di Bruno Bros. online here.