5 Things You Need To Try

Butter Baked Goods: Rose Marshmallow

The only Marshmallow that is AS GOOD as my homemade recipe, Butter Baked Goods – Rose Marshmallows, get it at Dean and Deluca

Lightly flavored with Rose water, these fluffy heavenly squares are perfectly sweet and addictive!

Swingline PowerEase Stapler

If you staple anything during the day, do your poor hands a favor and get the Swingline PowerEase stapler. No more having to push with all your might trying to get a staple through thick sheets of paper, this handy little guy goes through up to 25 sheets of paper with 70% less force required compared to traditional staplers. I found it was much easier to use then the Staples Reduce Effort staplers, and doesnt have as much annoying snap-back. Its one of those office products that I would chain to my desk (if that didnt look so ugly) because my coworkers tend to get sneaky with other peoples stuff.

Contessa MicroSteam Garlic Chicken Penne

I cook, but not as often as I wish I could, because I actually enjoy it. I am all for easy to prepare dinners, but often this means you compromise on taste. So I went in trying Contessas Micro Steam meals with a little hesitation, not only is it a meal in a bag (like Bertolli’s) but it also is microwaveable, and it cooks right in the bag!

So this is the preparation: Take bag out of freezer, throw it in microwave for 6 minutes, open bag and dump onto plates and enjoy with husband.

Mmm. It was actually very good! We tried the Garlic Chicken Penne, and the asparagus pieces tasted fresh, the pasta sauce and mushrooms were perfectly cooked. The chicken was pretty good too. I give this high praise because in the end, you dont have to wash a skillet! Get a coupon for $1.50 off here

GeoDefense for iPhone

My next review is for all the lovers of iPhone users out there, for which I am one. And dont get me started on how much I love my iPhone! <3! I was addicted to Bejeweled for a good 4 months, until I found GeoDefense, a game about setting up laser shooting towers, and such, around a maze that these little alien pacmen travel down. Your goal is to stop them from getting to the end of the maze.

For each Alien you destroy, you gain $, which you can use to buy more lazers and gun towers.

The Aliens move at different speeds, and have different weaknesses, so you need to diversify your defense plan in order to succeed.

Fast paced, and frustratingly addictive. There is a free version available, so I’ll let you check it out for yourself.

Last but certainly not least…

Twitter

I tried twitter for the first time about a year ago. I didn’t follow anyone, I just started tweeting all sorts of random useless rants about my commute, and about a week later, I decided – this sucks, and I stopped twittering.

I came back in February 2010 with the idea I would try it a little different the second go ’round. This time, I began following massive amounts of people – regular people like me, news sources, and people with similar interests in food, coupons etc..

After about a week, I realized I was hooked, and after a month, I realized this was a life changer. I was now a dedicated twitterer. I started connecting and making friends with people all around the world. Martha Stewart actually followed me, and I can remember dancing and jumping up and down, she is my favorite human.

After a month, I was more connected to what was happening in the world than most people I knew, and interestingly enough – I found that I was reading news sites and exploring the web much more in hopes that I could find something interesting to share with my followers (i call them “Fellowers” it sounds so much less imperialistic!).

Ultimately, everyone can benefit from twitter, whether you want to give to it, and take (as I do), or just give (like some celebs do, who dont follow anyone, just post about whatever it is that they are doing at the moment), or just take. There is something here for everyone, and thats why iLike it!

Until next time!

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Leather Journal Barnes & Noble

Journals like this make your thoughts seem so much more important. This is my new Embossed Leather Journal that I bought from Barnes and Noble. Made in Italy, it has this beautiful pressed image of three woman who appear to be hanging out in the buff, just chillin’ or gossiping about something, I think. Inside, it holds a paper journal that can be changed (which is awesome) so I can use it forever and ever!

Mine currently holds my lists of things I am going try, which is a very long list, built every week during my lengthy visits with stacks of magazines at B&Ns cafe! Edged in gold trim and wrapped in some sort of thick fabric ribbon, its very sturdy feeling, and will probably age very beautifully.

Pentel Energel Pen .7mm

I am a pen freak. This is the only pen I use at work, and if you try to take it – I will walk around the office until I find it -that’s how good this pen is. I constantly get compliments when people borrow it in the office – “This is a nice pen”. Its so smooth, the ink never stops or gets clogged, it basically runs all the way until there is nothing left. Im a left hander, so I need a pen that dries quickly before my hand rolls over it – this is it, no smudges, and no ink blotts on the edge of my hand. Ive tried every gel pen that Staples and Office Depot carry, and this is BY FAR the best.

Moleskin Pocket Plain Notebook

If you’ve ever wanted to keep a journal, or a little notebook in your purse – my favorite is the Moleskin Pocket Plain Notebook Hardcover. Its the perfect place to jot down ideas, or notes, or poems. You get the idea.. Just writing in it makes you feel as important as some of its more notable users like Van Gogh or Matisse.. Its got a little elastic strap which holds the cover in place, and my favorite thing is the pocket which can hold little scraps of papers. Very handy! http://www.moleskinus.com/

Crocodile embossed italian leather calfskin desk set by Graphic Image New York

I love meat, but I also love animals, so I feel a little evil writing that this desk set is one of my favorite things.. But. It is. The crocodiled embossed leather is so smooth.. My set is in brown and other than the mac its probably the priciest thing on my desk but so worth it.. The writing part stays clean regardless of the lunches that have been spilt upon it.. It looks very homey and warm.. I have a brown tone in my office and this compliments the two Caravaggio pieces I have on the wall.. You can buy it at jennibick.com which sells a plethora of fine leather products (they have great custom leather journals) the blotter is $130 the letter tray 120, pencil cup is 48 and a nice memo holder (think of it as a large post it note sized notecard holder) is 60 and comes with crème colored note cards. Butter.

The cutest sticky notes – Galison Sticky Notes

If you’ve seen my desk at work, you already know how much I love these sticky notes from Galison. They are organized into a cute little booklet and have every size sticky note you could ever need.. The notes aren’t as sticky as their post-it counterparts but they do the job well enough.. Paired up with their journals, stationary, file folders, notecards and even matching paperweights, these really do pretty up the office.

Tiffany Crystal Atlas Carafe with Cup

I love this glass.. use it everyday at work.. The carafes top is actually a glass, with a nice solid base that has the Tiffany Atlas symbols.. When its cleaned and dry, it sparkles.. and it has all these great little edges and nooks and crannies so the light really makes this thing shine.. It also makes a very nice bedside carafe.. so your water doesnt get dusty throughout the night.