Feb 15

Stranger Things Fans: Enjoy Some Fresh Air for Awhile

Stranger Things Fans: if you’re like me and Stranger Things is one of the only television shows that you get terribly excited about, then my recommendation to you is to go outside and enjoy the rest of winter, spring, … and summer, because season two won’t debut until Halloween.

But there is a teaser for eager fans like myself awaiting the next season, which was aired on Super Bowl weekend. And from the looks of it, there are far worse things in the Stranger Things world than the demogorgon:

Gauging from the Eggo commercial and Ghostbuster suits, it looks like we also have another fun ’80’s nostalgia trip to look forward to in the new season!

Netflix has also confirmed that all of the major stars of the show will be returning in their beloved character roles, all except for poor Barb; there is no #Justice4Barb in season two.  Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer have stated that Shannon Purser’s character will remain dead, but “will not be forgotten.”

However there are at least three new characters that we can look forward to in the show.

Feb 15

Trailer: “Kedi”

The topic of this documentary is simple, yet brilliant.  They are a daily part of our lives, living in most every corner of the world, both outdoors and indoors and close to many of us.  Yet as often as we encounter them, they are still endlessly fascinating.

Yes, Kedi is a documentary about cats, and the people who love them.

Kedi, a word which means “cat” in Turkish, follows the lives of seven cats of Istanbul.  Director and cat lover Ceyda Torun describes the film as “a love letter to those cats and the city,” and you can get a peek at how she has a talent for drawing out their individual personalities in this trailer.

Ceyda Torun explains the prevalence of cats in the city of Istanbul at KediFilm:

Cats have been a part of the city for thousands of years, and so, everyone who grows up in Istanbul or lives in Istanbul has a story about a cat. Stories that are memorable; sometimes scary, sometimes spiritual, but always very personal.

 

Kedi has already received many loving reviews, from both cat-lovers and non-cat-lovers alike.  Sheila O’Malley at RogerEbert.com notes:

I am a cat owner, I admit, but even I was surprised at the power of Kedi. Where did all that emotion come from? It’s because what Torun really captures in her unexpectedly powerful film is kindness in its purest form.

Kedi is in theaters now.

Feb 07

Video: The Range – “Florida” & ‘Potential’ Trailer

The Range has a new video for “Florida,”  with a montage of rooftop dancing, taken from The Range’s album Potential which is out now on Domino.

You can watch “Florida” and the Potential Trailer here.

Feb 04

I Heart French Toast Casserole

I Heart French Toast Casserole

While flowers are lovely, there’s something very special about a homemade treat from your sweetheart. Waking up to the smell of a delicious meal is a great way to start the day, so treat your loved one to breakfast (or brunch) in bed.

Find the recipe here!

Feb 04

Make This Birds of Paradise Tropical Soap for Valentine’s Day

Birds of Paradise Tropical Soap

Here’s a functional and whimsical gift idea for your loved ones – Birds of Paradise tropical scented pure coconut oil soap! The fragrances in this soap combine sweet and tangy fruity scents with island hibiscus, making for a true tropical getaway.

Find out how here.

Jan 29

Brighten Your Twitter Feed with the Cute Animal Tweet-Off!

Gray Seal Baby Relaxing at the Beach

Few things can bring a smile like cute animals can, especially when discouraging news floods your social media feeds. When you’re online and need a mental break from disturbing news stories, you can always turn to nature for some solace and joy, and this week the zoos of the world have started a great Twitter trend to help you do just that, they have started the #CuteAnimalTweetOff to showcase some of their adorable fur babies!

It’s a cute overload for sure!

The trend started with the birth of a gray seal pup at the Smithsonian National Zoo.  The pup’s mother, Kara, holds the record for being the oldest gray seal to give birth in a zoo. And to top it all off, the gray seal, which was once an endangered species, is now listed as a species of least concern!

Here is the Smithsonian tweet along with some of our other favorites from the #CuteAnimalTweetOff:


Jan 22

7 Essential Herbs and Spices for Every Kitchen

Depending solely on salt and pepper for food flavoring is boring. There is a wide range of herbs and spices available to consumers, enough to make every meal unique. A little extra tang is not all you are missing out on. Many aromatic additives are beneficial to our health. Think about that the next time you are visiting your supermarket.

Seasoning makes a meal complete. Most spices are inexpensive, and many can be grown at home. Even if you do not have a garden, small containers can often find a safe spot on a sunny windowsill. Are you wondering which herbs and spices to try first?

Continue reading 7 Essential Herbs and Spices for Every Kitchen

Jan 07

Tiki Pleasures Mix

Take a wintermission and escape to the tropical paradise of tiki exotica lounge music with Martin Denny and more legendary exotica artists included in this mix.

Find this mix and more tiki love in our Tiki Room.

Tiki Pleasures Mix after the jump!

Jan 01

Condition Your Hair Naturally in the New Year with Coconut Oil

Natural Hair Conditioner… Use Organic Coconut Oil!

Last week, while we were preparing for our niece’s wedding, Rob took a picture of me with Katie and Ricky (bride and groom) at the wedding venue. When I saw the picture, I said, “What is that on my head that’s supposed to be my hair?!” Granted, it was very humid that day, but I looked like Phyllis Diller had stuck her finger in an electrical socket!

I set off on a mission to change that and ended up in the hair care department of my local drug store. I was desperate. What I found was stuff that cost at a minimum $35 – $40.00, and I would only use it once and throw it away. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and as a rule, I wouldn’t even consider using chemical junk on my hair.

Read the rest and find out how to make coconut oil hair conditioner after the jump…

Jan 01

A Healthy & Delicious Recipe for the New Year: Mushroom Miso Soup

Starting with a flavourful broth made with natural ingredients is essential to creating a sensational pot of soup. “Quality recipes start with quality ingredients,” explains Park. “The broth really is the foundation that will set the flavour stage for every soup.”

Park recommends home chefs try his vegetarian mushroom miso soup, made with quality ingredients and all natural flavours. The base for this soup, Campbell’s Ready To Use Mushroom Broth, is infused with hints of cabernet sauvignon, sherry wines and essential oils from thyme, rosemary and bay leaves.

Recipe after the jump…

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